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Wind Stories - 8365

Wind Stories - 8365

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From Library Journal "Wind," a piece long enough to be termed a novella, supplies both the title and the dominant image of this collection. After suffering the emotional turbulence of her father's increasing insanity and her parents' divorce, the protagonist survives an actual tornado. Set partly in eastern Tennessee, partly in upstate New York, and partly on the road in between, all six stories focus on female characters who are disappointed and displaced. In "There She Was," an adolescent girl experiences racial prejudice and learns that evil "lurks at the corners of everybody's life." "Obscene Callers" portrays the grotesque birthday celebration of a 40-year-old woman. Wilson's matter-of-fact style allows her troubled characters to display dignity along with intense pain. - Albert E. Wilhelm, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. Product Description Characters predict, hide from, and carry on despite impending disaster in a collection of short stories exploring the lives of men and women in rural Oswego, New York From Publishers Weekly Wilson's short fiction, stories of loneliness, need and the inevitability of disappointment or pain, reflect the lives of lower-middle-class people alienated from their roots. The five stories and one novella in this collection are not in themselves representatives of the listless, anomie-centered school of contemporary writing, however; Wilson has a strong voice, a surprising imagination and intriguing characters who act rather than reflect, though the consequences may be disquieting. Her heroines all live in a small upstate New York townits landscape and atmosphere skillfully portrayedbut some of them hail from the South. The narrator of "Masse" is a woman who drives a UPS truck during the day and plays pool at night. Figuring angles and maintaining precise, fanatical control is her way of dealing with life, but when she lets emotion surface during a pool game, she loses her sense of herself. Harriet, the narrator of the title novella, looks back on an incident that happened when she was 15, when the wind blew storm and rain, metaphors for her family's disintegration. If sometimes the narrators' voices are too portentous, the stories, all distinguished by an an elegiac tone, are gracefully expressed and emotionally satisfying. Wilson ( From the Bottom Up ) is an accomplished writer whose compassion for her characters makes them come alive. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
ASIN: 0688081118
VSKU: RDV.0688081118.G
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