The Object: a love story

The Object:  a love story is the tale of Sandra Briar’s life, as told by nearly fifty different characters. 


Wherever  she travels in the world – a journey from teenage runaway to promising artist, from disaster victim to depression survivor, from defiant  daughter to reflective grandmother – we always know her as the object of someone else’s story.  


Sandra's brother, who calls her “Sandy,”  tells his version of their flight to the beach; a screenwriter fictionalizes her as “Sharon Long” in a based-on-a-true-story movie; she is the “Assistant” to a jaded professional photographer who guides her through the great cities of the world; a mother bitterly recounts how this cursed “Suka” betrayed her son; a starving cookbook writer helplessly watches his “Poor Boy Bonanza” be absorbed into New York’s glittering nightlife; her children’s book “Ma Rabbit and the Big Rain” is read aloud on a stormy night to a little girl.


These stories overlap to become the patchwork quilt that is her portrait.  Neither her mother’s perspective, or her rival’s point-of-view, or her own voice, or even the tale created by some writer, possess the whole truth.  


This novel is a reading experience of constant reevaluation, conflicted empathy and personal reflection on the question, “What is my true life story?”

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prologue to The Object, performed by Caiti Lord.

Radio Interview

"The Spoken Word" on KUNM

Anthony Umi interviews Andrew Wice  12/5/16

I am not what I think I am.  

I am not what you think I am. 

I am what I think, you think I am. 

                                    –  Göthe


Love is a blurring of pronouns.  Love is subject and object. 

​                              -- David Mitchel