Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TCR Story of the Month for April: "History" by Cezarija Abartis

Cezarija Abartis
The Committee Room is happy to offer "History" by Cezarija Abartis as TCR Story of the Month for April. In this brief yet complex story written with honesty and precision, an American woman carries her troubled personal history to an Old World city that assiduously preserves the glories of its past.

Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Per Contra, r.kv.r.y., Waccamaw, and New York Tyrant, among others. Her flash, “The Writer,” was selected by Dan Chaon for Wigleaf’s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University.

"History" was published in The Lascaux Review (January 2014).

To read "History" click here

TCR Story of the Month highlights an outstanding work of short fiction published online within the preceding twelve months.

TCR Chats with Author Cezarija Abartis

Nice Girls and Other Stories
by Cezarija Abartis
Q: Where did you get the idea for "History?"
A: I started the story on, a writing community that provides weekly prompts. My story was a response to a photograph of a bronze statue of a horse with a street cone on its head. The server was having problems that day, so the story was not posted. Still, I like to give them credit. I wanted to write a story for a press that was putting together an anthology about stories set around the globe. That didn't work out either. I was awarded a week's stay in Sezze, Italy by the New York Tyrant for a story I wrote about Lady Macbeth. The young gentleman who showed my husband and me the place, as he left touched a piece of paper affixed to the wall and said it was in memory of his father, which I found moving. That evening I copied what was written on the piece of paper, but I couldn't find it when I looked for it. I submitted an early draft of the story to, an online workshop. “History” came out of all those things that were lost, that didn't work out. But one cause did persist: I'm writing a collection of stories about three friends, and I forced myself to write a story about Caroline's divorce. And I got revising help from Steve Parrish at the magazine and from my husband at home.

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing seriously when I got tenure, my husband reminded me--1982. somehow, I felt released or secure or both. Before that, I wrote notes about stories I intended to write, complaining diary entries, letters, and an unfinished musical in 5th grade.

Q: Who are some of your favorite classic authors?
A: Homer, Euripides, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Chekhov's stories and plays, James Joyce’s "The Dead," Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios, Nabokov’s Lolita, Grace Paley's stories.

Q: Who are some of your favorite contemporary authors?
A:  I'm going to list titles of books. Jo Ann Beard's The Boys of My Youth, Ellen Currie's Available Light, Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son, Thom Jones' The Pugilist at Rest, Lorrie Moore's Self Help, Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels, Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Stephanie Vaughn's Sweet Talk. I will stop now. I expected this compiling to be tedious and effortful, but I find myself smiling as I recall these beautiful books and inspirations.

The Committee Room. Time Spent with TCR is Never Wasted.


  1. The story which deserves attention. By the way, you can buy an essay from edubirdie , if you need help with your homework.

  2. Let's join soon in the best and reliable balloon ^ _ ^ and do not miss too many bonus bonuses in
    Enjoy the benefits of playing on
    Play with us and win cool gadgets
    Gadget Gifts:
    First Winner: Samsung Galaxy A5
    Second Winner: Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime
    Third Winner: Samsung Galaxy J1
    Terms and Conditions :
    1 Deposit minimum 300,000
    2 Betting continues with us
    3 The first draw was on April 1, 2017
    4 Drawings on the 1st of each month
    5. send email with complete data to us


  3. feel good article.......thanks for sharing

    better way to buy groceries

  4. Escort USA Washington DC escorts - Internet’s #1 escort directory in Washington, find escorts, agencies and sex massage services that suit your needs. Escort Washington DC.

  5. Escorts in Beirut Beirut Escorts Girls, Lebanese Escorts Escorts Lebanon Service & Beirut Escorts Service , the Best service of Escorts girls in Beirut Lebanon , we have specials and Beautifull Escorts Girls in Beirut Lebanon, We believe best Girls in Beirut Lebanon. Our service we Have best Models give full services of clients OWO , 69, COB, GFE, BJ, Full Body Massage, Lingerie ,Fetish, Foot Fetish ... . Beirut Escorts Girls its the best website in lebanon give you Specials Models 24/7 call anytime

  6. lan messenger LAN Messenger is a free and open source cross-platform instant messaging application for communication over a local network. It does not require a server. A number of useful features including event notifications, fiile transfer and message logging are provided. Currently the platforms supported are Windows, Mac and Linux.

  7. voyance par telephone With, you can access to an ancient knowledge which will permit you to see the future and discover what will happen for love, work, family and projects. Voyance par telephone 0892 22 20 33 ; a fortune teller is always here to receive your call and your questions. She will tell you all that you need to know. Thanks to this quality service, you will get back confidence and hope of a better life.

  8. recover formatted hard drive Free data recovery software to recover deleted or lost data from any hard drive or device.

  9. fastautoliker

    Facebook auto followers of wefbee auto tools helps you to increase unlimited facebook auto followers. You can use wefbee FAF daily to increase your facebook profile followers free and fast and become vip user of fb.