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Presenting a diverse range of authentic characters, the sixteen stories in Love to the Spirits are unified by a common theme: the characters' efforts to complete perilous passages in their lives across a span of ice dangerously thin. The collection opens with Jenna, an endearing twelve-year-old girl learning to hustle pool from her grandfather in West Texas, and ends with two feuding brothers in a rickety airplane off North Carolina's Outer Banks spreading their mother's ashes over the water. In between, we meet a gravedigger baffled by a body that mysteriously resurfaces after storms and a dying con man who sells his "services"---a promise to convey messages to departed loved ones---to the residents of a nursing home. A bus driver is terrorized by an armed hijacker. A musician with a stolen mule seeks refuge in his estranged wife's back yard. A hungry child draws strength from the power of a family story relating how his great-grandfather survived being adraft at sea. Although the stories are told in a variety of voices, they all illuminate people in moments of crisis and transition, who make their journeys with subtle, often comic, grace.
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Stephen March's stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Carolina Quarterly, Seattle Review, and the William and Mary Review. His novella, Armadillo, winner of the Clay Reynolds Prize, was published in 2003. A graduate of University of North Carolina, where he earned an M.F.A. in creative writing, he is a professor of English at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. In addition to writing fiction, he is a singer-songwriter who has released an album, Blue Moon Diner.Review:
"This fine author does not, and maybe cannot, pull his punches. What an admirable book!" -- Fred Chappell, author of I Am One of You Forever and stories included in Best American Short Stories
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Book Description River City Pub, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111579660576
Book Description River City Pub, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1579660576