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The Architect of Flowers: Stories (Signed First Edition)

William Lychack

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ISBN 10: 0618302433 / ISBN 13: 9780618302437
Published by Mariner, 2011
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New York: Mariner [2011]. First edition. First printing. Softbound. New, a trade paperback original. Very fine in all respects, a pristine unread copy, never opened except for signing. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 1206-28

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Title: The Architect of Flowers: Stories (Signed ...

Publisher: Mariner

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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The stories in William Lychack’s dazzling new collection, The Architect of Flowers, explore the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships and find hope in dark situations. With tiny, precise details, Lychack observes the overlooked moments of everyday life—the small failings between parents and children, the long-held secrets in married life.

A small-town policeman brings himself to shoot a family’s injured dog; an old woman secretly trains a crow to steal for her; a hybridizer’s wife discovers the perfect lie to bring her family magically together again. Lychack’s characters yearn to re-enchant the world, to turn the ordinary and profane into the sacred and beautiful again, to make beauty serve as an antidote to grief. From ghostwriter to ghost runners to ghosts in a chapel, these stories are extraordinary portraits of life’s tender humiliations as well as its sharp, rude jolts.

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Portions of this collection have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and on public radio's This American Life.

A small town policeman brings himself to shoot a family's injured dog; an old woman secretly trains a crow to steal for her; a young boy at his father's wake finds the man lying in flowers as if in a bath; a hybridizer's wife discovers the perfect lie to bring her family magically together again; all the characters in this collection yearn to somehow re-enchant the world, to turn the ordinary and profane into the sacred and beautiful again, to make beauty serve as an antidote to grief. Set in dying mill towns of New England, in timeless fishing villages by the sea, in great dreamlike cemeteries north of Greenpoint, each of these stories tries to necessitate the accidents that befall us, to build something durable from the worries and joys we carry, our lives so often prefigured by the losses and betrayals that we strive so hard to untangle, to make sense of and ultimately redeem. A middle-aged couple tries to salvage the deer they have accidentally killed; a pregnant woman brings home a box full of chicks to raise in the yard; from ghostwriter to ghost runners to ghosts in a chapel, these stories center on relationships--husbands and wives, fathers and sons--and bring to life the honest work and quiet grace involved in making-do, in holding onto all we care about as we say goodbye, the world always more strange and complex than we expect, love always more familiar and simple than we imagine.

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