Authors

Pat M. Carr

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Contents

The party -- Miss Amelia's -- Sunday morning -- Progress report-Candelaria project -- The Peeping Tom -- Mermaids singing -- Exiles -- Pascuas Caleñas -- Indian burial -- The cake-eaters -- Bullfight -- Wrought iron lace -- A visit from the consul -- October afternoon conference -- Mrs. Jessie Martha Jones -- An evening's seduction -- The witch of Peach Tree Street -- Rite of passage -- Andrew's mistress -- Incident at Finnegans wake

Abstract

Pat Carr's first collection of stories is a gallery of finely-drawn psychological portraits gathered from worlds as far apart as a small-town Southern childhood and a Peace Corps mission in the jungles of South America. Whether she is depicting a brutal native initiation rite or the small, desperate ironies of a young girl's birthday party, a thread of shared humanity runs throughout. Like the woman who reads cards in "The Witch of Peach Tree Street," Carr displays the fates of her characters in brief illuminating moments. Not just the reflections of a central shaping intelligence, these are women of common circumstances brought to life with uncommon talent.

Series Title

Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction

Award Date

1977

Judge

Leonard Michaels

Publication Date

1977

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

141

ISBN of Print Version

9780877450818

Rights

Copyright © 1977 by The University of Iowa. All rights reserved.