Iowa Short Fiction Award. 163 pp. Stories. Very slight wear to head and heel of spine, light edgewear to jacket, otherwise Fine/Fine. Size: 8vo. Codice inventario libreria
Obsession, adultery, infidelity, unrequited love, suicide, betrayal, death—Tereze Glück's clear-sighted characters coolly assess their actions and reactions. When a man's wife dies suddenly, he feels liberated, and learning this stuns him. Taking a leap into personhood, a child watching her mother in the garden experiences empathy. A woman addicted to a lover realizes how she has squandered herself. A kiss in a taxicab sets two people on the road to inevitability. Scars, even small ones, reflect the power and mystery of the roads people take from one life into another. In the intense title story, suicide, long-distance love, and a cat's nine lives overshadow a woman's subterranean life.
Glück's wry and rueful stories chronicle her characters' struggles to tell the truth regardless of where that might lead them. Insistent, stubbornly spirited voices inform these tales; Glück's characters dig in their heels and announce, for good or ill, “This is who I am.” In the end their moral integrity forces them to come face to face with themselves. At the intersection where these insightful stories take place, what is in one's heart and what one reveals to the world converge. Each story is a resonant act of self-discovery for both writer and reader.
From Publishers Weekly: Winner of the 1995 Iowa Short Fiction Award, this first collection displays an unmistakable, if uneven, talent. The best pieces here are those in which Gluck ties her very voice-conscious prose to characters with concrete attributes. Among these is ``Bill Hilgendorff,'' in which Nina, the narrator, tells a story of her unrequited love for Bill-a love that began in the ninth grade and ended, sort of, when Bill fell off a mountain in Taiwan (then called Formosa, a word Nina can't get out of her head). Less successful are the more amorphous stories, like ``Gone Fishing,'' in which a nameless narrator tells of an e-mail romance she has with a man in Africa and is not amused when, after the relationship withers, a friend tells her that there are other fish in the sea. Most of these short fictions are primarily about neither character nor story: they are nonlinear in form and, while deadpan ironic in tone, nevertheless have a clearly lyrical intent. The title story, named after a famous Chinese curse, is narrated by an unnamed New York professional woman, a single mother with a daughter and two cats, who reflects fragmentarily on her trips to Asia, a novel by Paul Auster and some of her past lovers. Like many of the narrators here, she feeds the reader a great deal of minutiae, all of which feints in the direction of a deeper truth about her character without ever naming or confronting that truth. The shortcomings of her voice point up the limitations of this collection: while Gluck has a terrific ear for rhythm and meter and pays scrupulous attention to language, these stories too often mistake evasion for indirection, shunning a fuller exploration of character or idea and settling, instead, for the transient pleasures of poetic affect.
Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Titolo: May You Live in Interesting Times
Casa editrice: University of Iowa Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1995
Condizione libro: Near Fine
Edizione: First Edition.
Descrizione libro University Of Iowa Press, 1995. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP73892873
Descrizione libro University Of Iowa Press, 1995. Condizione libro: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP89291813
Descrizione libro University Of Iowa Press. Condizione libro: Acceptable. Former Library book. Hardcover acceptable The item is fairly worn but still readable. Signs of wear include aesthetic issues such as scratches, worn covers, damaged binding. The item may have identifying markings on it or show other signs of previous use. May have page creases, creased spine, bent cover or markings inside. Packed with care, shipped promptly. Codice libro della libreria J-05-0294
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: very good. 435 Gramm. Codice libro della libreria M00877455198-V
Descrizione libro University Of Iowa Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0877455198
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808774551964.0
Descrizione libro Univ of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1995. Hardback. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Codice libro della libreria 338075
Descrizione libro University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1995. hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine copy in fine dust jacket. 1st edition. 8vo, 163 pp., Winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Codice libro della libreria 053674
Descrizione libro University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1995. hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine copy in fine dust jacket. 1st edition.. 8vo, 163 pp., The Iowa Short Fiction Award series. Codice libro della libreria 071018
Descrizione libro University Of Iowa Press, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. Winner of the 1995 Iowa Short Fiction Award, selected by Ethan Canin. Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. First edition / first printing. A fine reading copy. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Codice libro della libreria BX68-6