Elba -- Heart -- The rhythm of disintegration -- Eating alone -- Camelot -- The zealous mourner -- A hole in the language -- Movie music -- Monogamy
Iowa Short Fiction Award
Jayne Anne Phillips
University of Iowa Press
These stories are delicate seismographic meditations on disaster and its aftershocks. The characters are survivors, digging their way out of the past, shaken but hopeful. Despite all their tragic losses, there is a pervasive sense of humor, hope, and forgiveness: abandonment leads ultimately to reunion, grief to solace. This is contemporary America—a jigsaw puzzle of fragmented families constantly picking up the pieces and fitting themselves together in new ways to form unforgettable pictures.
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