Authors

Ivy Goodman

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Contents

Baby -- Remnants -- Rumpus -- Bankroll -- Last minutes -- White boy -- Fall semester -- Socialization -- Documentary -- Trade -- Revenge -- Heart failure -- Telephones -- Pinecone -- Resignation.

Abstract

These 15 stories meet existence head on through detached narration that has the quality of a feverish dream. The chilling psyche tells a story where there seems to be no story. Even the victim remains dispassionate and lets the reader infer causes and measure threats. In unvarnished, linear prose stripped of sentimentality, Goodman casts the shape of inarticulate emotion. Yet at the heart of her stories about the foolish, the indifferent, and the vicious, between painful connections and violations, there is regenerating laughter or an inexpressible trace of something once whole and beautiful. Beneath Goodman's every absence, there is a compelling, disturbing presence.—Front flap.

Series Title

Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction

Award Date

1983

Judge

Alice Adams

Publication Date

1983

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

139

ISBN of Print Version

9780877451198

Rights

Copyright © 1983 by The University of Iowa. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, without permission in writing from the publisher.