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Transgressions and Other Stories by Hilary Orbach
Transgressions and Other Stories by Hilary Orbach

Emotions, or our own shortcomings, can lead to transgressions with devastating results—or to the hope of a new life.

“All human beings struggle to live with our own missteps.” This statement introduces the theme of Hilary Orbach’s gripping collection, Transgressions and Other Stories. Orbach takes a close, unsparing, yet compassionate look at the desires and quandaries of contemporary men and women, looking straight to the heart of emotions that will resonate with all of us.

Two children live uneasily with an unreliable mother—Martha and Jerry, each divorced, try to ‘cross over’ into a new relationship—Laura, a young widow, is surprised by a romantic encounter in an airport—A suburban couple wander into an affair. Any step taken can be a misstep. Emotions, or our own shortcomings, can lead to transgressions with devastating results—or to the hope of a new life.

Orbach, a psychotherapist, is attuned to the wishes, conflicts and disappointments all human beings suffer, and takes a perspective that is clear-eyed but allows for compassion and self-forgiveness. Her fundamental message offers the ever-present possibility of renewal—as when the last couple of the book—the new lovers, “are graced with the runner’s high” and “move like hopeful messengers through the darkness.”

If you want to learn more about Hilary Orbach’s Transgressions and Other Stories, as well as her other works, you may visit her website at Transgressions and Other Stories was also featured during the 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair held last November 28 to December 6 at the Guadalajara Exhibition Center, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Transgressions and Other Stories
Written by Hilary Orbach
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About the Author
A graduate of a University of Chicago, Hilary Orbach is a psychotherapist who once held a Fiction Fellowship at the University of Stanford, and has since had her work featured in various publications nationwide. Currently, she resides in New York City.

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 Transgressions Stories
 Hilary Orbach
 literary fiction
 Guadalajara Book Fair

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