People I Wanted To Be


Gina Ochsner

Published: 13 July 2006
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781846270086


From the Russian couple haunted by the ghosts of children they never had, to the man who buys a mynah bird in the hope of saving his marriage, these are people who feel that their lives are loose skins they've not quite grown into and perhaps won't ever fit. The world they inhabit is one of half-forgotten dreams and unwhispered yearning. And yet each of them is about to embark upon a journey in which inspiration is found in the most unlikely places, reality is catapulted to the edge of the possible, and even the blackest despair can be illuminated by small, improbable miracles.

About the author

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Born in 1970, Gina Ochsner has worked as a dog-walker, a substitute teacher, and in a shop selling cheese and puppets, and now lives in western Oregon with her husband and four children. Her collection of stories People I Wanted to Be was published to wide acclaim in 2005 and The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight was longlisted for the Orange Prize. More about the author


‘A beautiful, sensitive, frank book with a moving sense of the fragility of people's lives’



‘Fantastical yet deeply human and intriguing stories’ Erica Wagner

‘Gina Ochsner's exquisite new collection can be consumed in a sitting or two ... Highly recommended’

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