Authors

Dianne Benedict

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Contents

Crows -- The blind horse -- Shiny objects -- Where the water is wide -- Looking for rain -- The bath -- The stone angel -- Unknown feathers.

Abstract

This prize-winning collection of eight plainspoken stories is set in the raw, elemental sheep country of central and west Texas. Writing from her early absorption into the folk reality of Mexican Americans and southern whites, Dianne Benedict draws indelible people against a canvas alternately chilling and deceptively neutral. With great force and clarity, she deals with the winners and the losers, with the sinister and the comic, with grinding desolation and abrupt illuminations of innocence and grace. These stories reveal the intense inner life and revelation possible when people live so close to the bone of circumstance that ordinary material values fall away--Front flap.

Publication Title

Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction

Award Date

1982

Judge

Raymond Carver

Publication Date

1982

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

137

ISBN of Print Version

9780877451167

Rights

Copyright © 1982 by Dianne Benedict. 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.