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Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

Outside the Ordinary World

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August 2011 Debut of the Month.

Outside the Ordinary World reveals what lies beneath the surface of infidelity. But at its heart, it is the story of the powerful, sometimes disturbing bond between mothers and daughters, and the shimmering line between self-revelation and self-destruction...


Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

'Do you feel as though you had a choice? Or were you driven by forces beyond your control?' Questions that still echo thirty years later...Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn't become her mother. But one August morning she finds herself walking the same path...into an affair she feels powerless to resist. Against the backdrop of California bush fires in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Sylvia had agreed to hold a secret that would devour her family's dream of happiness. Now struggling to create a better life, Sylvia nonetheless feels caught in the coils of history: she confronts the embers of her dying marriage, the all-consuming needs of her two daughters and her faltering artistic career. Then Tai Rosen - the father of a student - ignites an unexpected passion and a familiar betrayal that could illuminate the past, even as it jeopardises everything dear.

About the Author

Dori Ostermiller

Dori Ostermiller was born in Los Angeles, CA, and grew up in both LA and the San Francisco bay area. At age 20, after many years as a straight-A student, she suffered a breakdown and dropped out of her Seventh-day Adventist pre-medical program. Dori sampled day-jobs as a horse trainer, magazine editor, telemarketer, model, bookstore clerk and the girl singer of a gospel band, before she left California to complete an MFA at the University of Massachusetts. Soon her writing began to appear in literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, The Massachusetts Review, Calliope and Chautauqua Literary Journal, and her work earned a Tobias Wolff Fiction Award and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists’ grant.

Dori has now been teaching writing and literature for over a decade. She is the founder and director of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center housed in the Arts & Industry building (a refurbished old brush factory) in Florence, MA. WIP offers a lively community reading series, along with ongoing writing workshops and retreats led by prominent area authors (including Jacqueline Sheehan, Leslea Newman, Suzanne Strempek-Shea, Diana Gordon, David Lovelace and Dori herself). Many of Dori’s students have gone on to publish books of their own, including Alison Smith, Kris Holloway, Ellen Meeropol, Kyra Anderson and David Lovelace.

Dori is currently working on her second novel in Northampton, where she lives with her husband, two young daughters, two cats and a very pampered Australian Shepherd.

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19th August 2011


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