Impossible appetites -- The dust of Yuri Serafimovich -- The Blum Invitation -- Mutability and the meat loaf -- Watchmann's cubes -- All terminations begin in the mind -- The Indians don't need me any more -- The afterglow of decay -- Kleinvogel in San Francisco.
Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction
Francine du Plessix Gray
University of Iowa Press
The collection of nine stories which won the 1980 Short Fiction Award is woven in a pattern so subtle that reading it is like writing your own nine-part novel. The author allows brief glimpses into the tormented journals of Joseph Quaile, a man of acute compassions and consuming hungers; then juxtaposes them with the fiction Quaile writes to scourge his demons and come to terms with himself and the people he loves. This is a dispassionate intelligence in passionate pursuit of freedom and reconciliation.—Front flap.
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