Kerry Neville Bakken Necessary Lies

ISBN 13: 9781886157569

Necessary Lies

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Fiction. Bakken's territory in this debut collection of short stories is the degraded suburbs of Long Island, where the small acts of neglect and violence often lead to more insidious, though necessary, lies, lies necessary to sustain intimacy and love. "Fully imagined, deeply felt, remarkably alert, and powerfully realized, the stories in NECESSARY LIES are all about finding the truth," writes Frederick Busch. "Ms. Bakken's storytelling turns the clumsiness of human need into remarkable grace."

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"Fully imagined, deeply felt, remarkably alert, and powerfully realized, the stories in Necessary Lies are all about finding the truth. Ms. Bakken's storytelling turns the clumsiness of human need into remarkable grace."
--Frederick Busch

"Necessary Lies is a beautiful, wise, satisfying collection. Packed with resonant details, sensitive evocations of tangled love, and powerful explorations of secrecy and evasion, these stories are irresistably absorbing."
--Joanna Scott

"Ms. Bakken sings a beatiful song in this book. She sings of the closeness and strangeness of families, of the love between sisters--on that she's particularly moving--and the push and pull of lovers locked in a sexual passion they don't always understand. Also, I've rarely seen maternal longings written in such insight. She does all this with a kind of tender wit, that sometimes laugh-out-loud funny with an undertone of sadness. This is an extraordinary debut. I predict that Kerry Neville Bakken is a writer who's here to stay."
--Daniel Stern

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"Necessary Lies is a beautiful, wise, satisfying collection. Packed with resonant details, sensitive evocations of tangled love, and powerful explorations of secrecy and evasion, these stories are irresistibly absorbing." —Joanna Scott "Fully imagined, deeply felt, remarkably alert, and powerfully realized, the stories in Necessary Lies are all about finding the truth. Ms. Bakken's storytelling turns the clumsiness of human need into remarkable grace." —Frederick Busch "Ms. Bakken sings a beautiful song in this book. She sings of the closeness and strangeness of families, of the love between sisters—on that she's particularly moving—and the push and pull of lovers locked in a sexual passion they don't always understand. Also, I've rarely seen maternal longings written with such insight. She does all this with a kind of tender wit, that's sometimes laugh-out-loud funny with an undertone of sadness. This is an extraordinary debut. I predict that Kerry Neville Bakken is a writer who's here to stay." —Daniel Stern

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