Sosin, Danielle 1959-

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SOSIN, Danielle 1959-

PERSONAL: Born November 6, 1959, in Minneapolis, MN; daughter of Henry (a surgeon) and Georgette Heyman (an artist) Sosin. Education: University of Minnesota, B.A. (women's studies), 1982; College of St. Thomas, M.A. (psychology), 1990. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—500 North Robert, No. 604, St. Paul, MN 55101.

CAREER: Writer.

AWARDS, HONORS: Loft Mentor Series Fiction Award, 1992-93; Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship, 1999.


Garden Primitives (short stories), Coffee House Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2000.

WORK IN PROGRESS: More short fiction.

SIDELIGHTS: Danielle Sosin told CA: "The stories in my collection Garden Primitives range from still to explosive; the language from poetic and sensual to lean. What's common among them is a passionate allegiance to both the heart and the intellect. In Garden Primitives . . . my roving narrators lead readers through the snowy, suburban decay of a family on a perfect winter night; into the narrow but honest mind of a farmer being bowled over by urban sprawl; to the beach, where a woman's life becomes hyper-focused on the survival of a turtle's nest; around a campfire on a north woods vacation where the gaps between parents and children, friends and lovers widen, and through gardens both vegetable and glassed where the language is as fertile as what grows there." In a review for Publishers Weekly, a contributor described the dozen stories in Sosin's debut collection as mixed in quality, but noted that the author's "careful descriptions of the natural world," coupled with her "realistic" portrayal of her protagonists, imbue Garden Primitives with "a distinctive, memorable style."



Library Journal, February 15, 2000, Christine deZelar-Tiedman, review of Garden Primitives, p. 201.

Publishers Weekly, March 20, 2000, review of Garden Primitives, p. 73.