Reliable Light: Stories (Rutgers Press Fiction)

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A collection of short stories, dealing with a migrant woman's attempts to fit into a bigoted society, a nursing home-bound woman recalling her youth, and the aftermath of the Vietnam War

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In this collection of seven stories, Steinbach ( Here Lies the Water ) again distinguishes herself as a writer of sensitivity and grace. The effect is of real voices and real situations, portrayed with scrupulous fidelity to human nature. In robustly simple and direct prose, Steinbach introduces characters who range from an old woman in a nursing home to a black doctor in a New England village. In "To Be Sung on the Water," a woman visiting her mother's grave with her sister and young nephew is dismayed to find it sunken and filled with water. The boy's question, "Why is your mama sleeping in that little lake?" helps bring the protagonist to a moment of transcendent understanding. "In Recent History" observes the people whose lives have been profoundly affected by one man's experience in Vietnam, which he is tragically compelled to recreate. In the aftermath, the narrator occasionally glimpses the man and thinks, "How strange and painful to see his face, as if he had not one terrible secret moment in his heart." Constructed with a quiet and effective craftsmanship, these tales range in tone from comic to tragic, displaying the diversity of Steinbach's interests and themes.
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These dark and disturbing stories are about people who can't seem to find a source of reliable light in their own lives. Men ask for blind faith from women, who usually decline to give it. There is an underlying quality of tragedy, helplessness, and almost overwhelming despair in even the happiest of these tales. The stories vary in length from vignette to novella and incorporate a wide variety of writing styles: the first of the seven stories, told by a French woman living in Chicago, reads as if translated from the French; another uses a stream-of-consciousness mode. Steinbach is skilled in evoking pictures of people, surroundings, and situations shrouded in murky, almost subterranean gloom. Recommended in small doses.
- Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Connecticut at Torrington Lib.
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