Sunrise -- A Cuban girl -- Yellow light -- The house in the woods -- Gone fishing -- Bill Higendorff -- The fabric of society -- Mexico -- Oceanic Hotel, Nice -- Praise -- Essence and quintessence -- On the plain -- Amor fati -- The man in the snow -- Arson -- Ansel's mother -- The dance floor -- May you live in interesting times -- I was expecting a letter -- The blue iris -- We never look up
Obsession, adultery, infidelity, unrequited love, suicide, betrayal, death—Tereze Glück's clear-sighted characters coolly assess their actions and reactions. When a man's wife dies suddenly, he feels liberated, and learning this stuns him. Taking a leap into personhood, a child watching her mother in the garden experiences empathy. A woman addicted to a lover realizes how she has squandered herself. A kiss in a taxicab sets two people on the road to inevitability. Scars, even small ones, reflect the power and mystery of the roads people take from one life into another. In the intense title story, suicide, long-distance love, and a cat's nine lives overshadow a woman's subterranean life.
Glück's wry and rueful stories chronicle her characters' struggles to tell the truth regardless of where that might lead them. Insistent, stubbornly spirited voices inform these tales; Glück's characters dig in their heels and announce, for good or ill, “This is who I am.” In the end their moral integrity forces them to come face to face with themselves. At the intersection where these insightful stories take place, what is in one's heart and what one reveals to the world converge. Each story is a resonant act of self-discovery for both writer and reader.
Iowa Short Fiction Award
University of Iowa Press
Copyright © 1995 by Tereze Glück. 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.
Glück, Tereze. May You Live in Interesting Times. University of Iowa Press, 1995.