Comedians (Contemporary American Fiction)

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A collection of unsettling stories about characters who seem ordinary but who are all saints or artists, including a pregnant comic whose fetus sings to her from the womb

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In one of the brief lives that make up this collection, an aging choreographer obsessed with the memory of her abusive parents resists "the dark temptation to explore her own soul" in her final work, a period piece celebrating Lizzie Borden's ax murders. In another story, the envious director of a writers' workshop unaccountably forgets the titles of Iris Murdoch's books when introducing her to the class as "the most truly wicked" and exciting writer alive. In fact, L'Heureux himself is a moralist very much in the Murdoch tradition. Trendy topics--everything from the Argentinian "disappeared" to the boom in stand-up comedy--are dragged onstage like unwieldy props in a costume drama. The writing is elegant and assured, the witticisms deft and pithy, but the profundity is pretty much an illusion.
- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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L'Heureux explores faith and redemption in a secular age. "His Flannery O'Connor-like moral tales expose the perverse secrets hidden in our hearts and capture the irreversible moments in which lives are forever changed," said PW. Penguin's paperback edition of L'Heureux's short story collection Desires is also slated for January.
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