Wendy Brenner obtained her Bachelor degree at Oberlin College in 1987.
Wendy Brenner continued her education to finally become a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Florida in 1991.
(The eleven stories in Wendy Brenner's debut story collect...)
The eleven stories in Wendy Brenner's debut story collection concern people who are alone or feel themselves to be alone: survivors negotiating between logic and faith who look for mysterious messages and connections in everyday life, those sudden transformations and small miracles that occur in mundane, even absurd settings. Brenner's stories range in setting from the rural and southern (a rotating country music bar, a dog track/jai alai compound, a grocery store, a natural cold springs sinkhole) to the urban and high-tech (absurdly bureaucratic companies and academic departments and a food irradiation plant). Often young and tough women seeking to hone their survival sensibilities, Brenner's characters are a mix of the everyday and the fantastic: frustrated secretaries and scientists, a young supermodel, precocious children, fierce plumbers and mechanics, a psychic grandmother, an unhappy lottery winner, a desperate grocery-store mascot in an animal suit. And then there are the animals - real ones of all kinds who turn up at unlikely moments and often seem to be trying to help.
(A bodybuilder is charged with superhuman energy and an ab...)
A bodybuilder is charged with superhuman energy and an ability to make lightbulbs explode. A grieving father tries to communicate with his dead son via a tape recorder. A high school girl claims to have her uncle's nipple in an envelope. A thirtysomething woman is fired from her dead-end job at Manpower and comes to understand her life through the experience of a German shepherd. Four ornery squirrels, tied together by their tails, struggle to maintain their sanity. Ten stories in all, the highly original Phone Calls from the Dead pulses with meaning. Alive and odd and needy, the characters in Wendy Brenner's stories grapple with the extraordinary and the ordinary, searching for answers from unlikely sources, striving to connect with each other and with something greater than themselves. Amidst a world of technological, natural, and possibly supernatural phenomena, they struggle with the most human of losses and longings. Named one of twenty-five fiction writers to watch by Writer's Digest (along with Allegra Goodman, Jhumpa Lahiri, and William Gay), Brenner has been paving a new path through American fiction ever since her first collection, Large Animals in Everyday Life.
Wendy Brenner obtained her Bachelor degree at Oberlin College in 1987. She continued her education to finally become a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Florida in 1991.
After qualifying as Master of Fine Arts Wendy Brenner successively took the position of a writer and creative writing teacher at the University of Florida in 1993-1996, the State University of New York in 1996-1997 and in 1997 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she continues to work up to now.
Meanwhile, she's written two fiction books that were released in 1997 and 2001.
Brenner's first book was Large Animals in Everyday Life. As a response to it, a Kirkus Reviews critic declared that she has produced “quirky, challenging tales and an impressive debut,” while a Publishers Weekly reviewer commented on the author’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and dead-on descriptions.” That reviewer, who deemed the stories “intoxicatingly original,” added that they “linger uncannily in the upper right-hand corner of the mind.”