Rue -- Coelostat -- Public appearances -- Wild men of Borneo -- One hundred years of solicitude: the meditations of Ursula -- Walls -- Potions -- Snowbird -- Berkie -- Browsing.
In these ten varied and keenly rendered tales, Susan Dodd explores the levels of the human heart by leading us through a gallery of feelings, insights, characters, and emotions. Whether writing about a 100-year-old woman in South America, a teenage suicide in Winnetka, a divorced couple meeting by chance, or a pair of lovers listening to the family on the other side of their apartment wall, Dodd places us in a world full of subdued conflict where bonds between loved ones and strangers are tested, broken, and sometimes renewed. Her themes range beyond the regional or contemporary, embracing those moments of loneliness and self-knowledge that confront us all. As the characters meet and separate, wonder and react, we travel with them, exploring the forms of our existence, and the substance of our hearts.
Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction
University of Iowa Press
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Copyright © 1984 by Susan M. Dodd. 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.
Dodd, Susan M.. Old Wives' Tales. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1984.