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Ranging across America, taking in a breathtaking array of voices and experiences, this story collection now stands as one of the finest of our time. Driven by long, majestic sentences, Means's second story collection after A Quick Kiss of Redemption explores the oft-misguided ways in which desperate people make contact with each other or with themselves, giving shape to primal desires in a perpetually surprising manner.

A young transient in "The Grip" jumps a train, but he's stuck between cars and his only handhold is a small piece of metal. So he braces himself there for an entire, freezing night, hallucinating that his dead mother helps him to maintain his grip.

Assorted Fire Events

The vagrant semihero of "The Interruption" wanders into a straightlaced wedding reception, willing to make a spectacle in order to get some food. The moving title story veers between autobiography and fiction as it informally catalogues fire-related disasters: an adolescent thug burns a dog alive, a pyromaniac torches houses for sheer pleasure. These parallels, like the parallel of the two fishing trips, create a balanced structure of significance for the story.

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Temporal Form in the Short Story 1 St. Patrick's Day 1 St. Boyle 2 T. Boyle The Fugitive 1 T. Dubliners Centenial One hundred years ago, the great collection of stories Dubliners by James Joyce appeared. If you are interested in my comments on that collection, see my posts in April when the book was featured in Dublin's "One City, One Book.

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One of my readers, who just happens to be my daughter-in-law, Ean, asked me if I had read Haruki Murakami and, if so, what I thought of him Reading Alice Munro's "Family Furnishings". Some writers are referred to as "a writer's writer," a designation that suggests they are mainly appreciated by other write I liked it o Reading Alice Munro's "Floating Bridge". When I was teaching the short story, I prepared for each class thoroughly, taking more notes than necessary to help me remember the most im

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