Scott Ely The Angel of the Garden: Stories

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The Angel of the Garden: Stories

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Loners of one sort or another populate Ely's fiction, from a young man discharged from the marines and working as a solitary gamekeeper to a Vietnam veteran turned professor who exchanges favorable grades for sexual favors from his students. Whatever their situations, these characters all feel a deep sense of loss and alienation from the world around them.

Ely's penetrating perceptions about the desire to find security as well as the rhythms of his prose, his vivid detail, and the fullness of his characters make The Angel of the Garden a compelling collection of short fiction.

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Scott Ely is Associate Professor of English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is the author of two novels and a short story collection, Overgrown with Love.

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The eight stories in Ely's plainspoken yet wry new collection (after Overgrown with Love) always return to the conflict between a human need for order and an equal desire for destruction. The characters are Southerners, many of them Vietnam veterans, whose experiences are filtered through memories of wartime horrors. The title story tells of a disabled vet and landscapist ("My garden is not the garden in the Book. It's a brake in the Mississippi Delta") who falls in love with the daughter of a client but cannot free himself from crippling flashbacks of death in combat. In "The Professor of Literature," a teacher who lost the use of his legs in Vietnam exchanges good grades for trysts with students in his trailer. Ely wisely resists the impulse to make moral judgments about his characters. Other stories float upon the memorable and unquestionable particulars of human neurosis. The DJ in "Talk Radio" fixates upon the Hendrix song his wife plays while cheating on him with a visiting Vietnam buddy. In a last line, which may encompass the narrator's self-forgiveness or his simple weariness, he numbly vows: "I am not going to drive her away. I am going to hang on to her for as long as I can." Occasionally, the stories skid off the surface of their subject, sidestepping climactic conclusions. Such a moderate approach is often frustrating, diluting the narrative's impact. On the other hand, Ely's unadorned, Carveresque style underscores the collection's unrelenting, sustained honesty.
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