Authors

Marly Swick

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Contents

Elba -- Heart -- The rhythm of disintegration -- Eating alone -- Camelot -- The zealous mourner -- A hole in the language -- Movie music -- Monogamy

Abstract

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.

Series Title

Iowa Short Fiction Award

Award Date

1990

Judge

Jayne Anne Phillips

Publication Date

1990

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

192

ISBN of Print Version

9780877452966

Rights

Copyright © 1990 by Marly Swick. 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.