Authors

Russell Working

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Contents

Charis -- Resurrectionists -- Shooting -- Rendering Byzantium -- Pictures of her snake -- The monkey -- Famous people -- On freedom.

Abstract

"The stories in this accomplished collection range in setting from the West Indies to the Pacific Northwest, presenting characters that include a photojournalist in Haiti introduced to the islanders' belief in zombiism, an ex-policeman working in a paper mill, a hospital patient on New Year's Day, and a teenager practicing martial arts. Their stories are at times grotesque and desperate but always engrossing.

What sets these stories apart from other contemporary fiction is their skilled and evocative sense of place-Working creates atmospheres that almost become separate characters with their own critical significance and influence. Convincing in his portrayal of a harsh, often violent side of life, Working jars us and demands attention.

Series Title

Iowa Short Fiction Award

Award Date

1986

Judge

Tobias Wolff

Publication Date

1987

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

173

ISBN of Print Version

9780877451648

Rights

Copyright © 1987 by Russell Working. 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.