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A Reading of ‘Inside-Out: Intimate Voices’ by Irene Cairo

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The cover of Irene Cairo's short story collection “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices.

The cover of Irene Cairo's short story collection “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices."

Author Irene Cairo reads from her short story collection “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices” at East Hampton Library on April 27. COURTESY THE AUTHOR

Author Irene Cairo reads from her short story collection “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices” at East Hampton Library on April 27. COURTESY THE AUTHOR

authorStaff Writer on Mar 30, 2024

East Hampton author Irene Cairo, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City and East Hampton, will read from and discuss her short story collection “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices” at East Hampton Library on Saturday, April 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

In “Inside-Out: Intimate Voices,” Cairo’s debut work of fiction, she share a collection of seven short stories that interweave humor, irony, tenderness and pain to reveal the “inside out” of human beings — the parts seen and unseen, consciously revealed and unconsciously hidden that make us all complex characters.

Through swiftly-paced interior monologue and dialogue, the stories bring to life issues related to the loss of a mother at a young age, homophobia, the specter of South American dictators, the horrors of Nazi death camps, the fear and alienation one feels in hospitals, voyeurism and exhibitionism, shame and more. The characters and situations depicted in the stories move between grief and delight, tragedy and comedy, opacity and clarity, and inside and outside.

East Hampton Library is at 159 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, visit easthamptonlibrary.org.

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