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Set in Boehm, North Carolina, where life revolves around the Chalfant Furniture Factory, these stories move beyond the surface of deceptively humdrum daily life to discover the beauty and mystery that lie within each character's soul
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Secreast's debut collection of 14 short stories belongs to the genre in which what is said is less important than what is not said. Reminiscent of Raymond Carver, the cerebral tales about working-class people overlap, revolving around the Chalfant Furniture Factory in Boehm, N.C. Every facet of factory life--sanding, staining, painting designs, boring holes, trucking and delivery--is minutely detailed along with the mundane and pedestrian concerns of the characters' domestic existences. For excitement there is the occasional beach vacation. The implied possibilities of the mysterious and beautiful in ordinary lives are buried in the humdrum; the writing is cold. While some of the characters merit empathy, nobody is lovable, much less appealing. The promising title story, last in the collection, in which the protagonist follows the light of the mountains on a quest with allegorical significance, comes too late.
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Book Description Harpercollins. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0060164409 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0947326
Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0060164409