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Night Sounds and Other Stories by [Karen Gettert Shoemaker]

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Night Sounds and Other Stories Kindle Edition

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The 16 stories in this debut collection offer a comprehensive look at pivotal events in the lives of women and girls in the rural Midwest. Shoemaker is at her best writing from the perspective of a child or an adolescent, particularly in "Playing Horses," a story in which a young girl filters the difficult experiences of her youth through her love of horses, and in "Dyanna's Face Reflected in Glass," in which an adolescent girl's jealousy of her best friend backfires when she gets raped by the friend's fianc‚. The title tale offers a more poignant exploration of childhood issues, as a young girl struggles to talk her father into letting her go on a fishing trip with her older brothers. The stories with adult protagonists aren't quite as consistent, but there are still some fine moments, especially in "Crossings," in which a mother and daughter retreat to a lakeside cottage to face death together. Shoemaker's chief asset as a writer is her talent for observation and nuance, which she puts to especially good use when kids have to observe and interpret adult behavior. Though her one male narrator, who writes about his wife's death in a random shooting in "Orphans," is hollow and unconvincing, the rest of her stories are quietly accomplished. If they sometimes feel mannered, they are also crafted with care and grace. This book establishes Shoemaker as a talented chronicler of rural life and domestic gestures, with an eye for what's funny in grief, and what's sad in humor.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Short stories at their finest can be the ultimate in fiction: compressed gems that in few words can create memorable people and emotions out of thin air. Shoemaker's first collection contains such stories, and readers will laugh and cry at her spare portrayals of loss and friendship. Many, like the title story, in which a girl wants to be included in an early morning fishing trip with her father and brothers, evoke painful childhood emotions that resonate throughout adult life. Long-lost childhood friendships that change with time ("Playing Horses") and relationships between sisters ("Back Seat"), and between mother and child ("Crossings" and "Seams") are presented in clear detail. A few knock-off stories of a couple of pages are also included, but overall this is a powerful and valuable collection.
Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008B9VXYO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dufour Editions (June 12 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 354 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
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