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ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE AND OTHER STORIES.

Treadway, Jessica.

ISBN 10: 067179213X / ISBN 13: 9780671792138
Published by NY: DELPHINIUM BOOKS. 1992, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Jessica Treadway. Sticker on front cover of dj. states "Signed Limited Edition." Fine in dj.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20920

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Title: ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE AND OTHER STORIES.

Publisher: NY: DELPHINIUM BOOKS. 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of short stories features the tale of a man dying of cancer who rescues a boy, an alcoholic at his daughter's wedding, and an abusive father who, years later, realizes the consequences of his actions.

From Publishers Weekly:

This collection of 10 stories, Treadway's first book-length publication, opens with the aftermath of a murder-suicide and concludes with a belated breakdown caused by childhood sexual abuse. Like most of the book's characters, the abusive father in the final tale ("Something Falls") is pitiably appealing, and he describes them all when he says that "what's in traction is my daughter's soul." Alcoholics who drive away loving spouses, parents who fail adored children, an unwed teenage alcoholic mother who just needs a hug--with a couple of exceptions, these well-meaning people barely survive life's complexities. The stories focus on their current distress, not what led up to it. In the title work, for instance, Francie (whose wedding is featured in an earlier tale) follows in her alcoholic father's stumbling footsteps, but no explanation for her behavior is given. Favoring first-person narratives, Treadway conveys many different voices, both male and female, deftly projecting humor as well as pathos. Her skillful ventriloquism, however, ultimately proves limiting: like Francie, too many of these unreflective characters slip away from us, absent without leave.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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