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Calling Up the Dead

Weaver, Brett E.

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ISBN 10: 1931982201 / ISBN 13: 9781931982207
Published by Livingston Pr, 2003
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Title: Calling Up the Dead

Publisher: Livingston Pr

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Good

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Death, in most cases, provides writers with a convenient stopping point, a period after which readers can assume what they wish and the writer need not concern himself that their imaginations will, in any way, undermine that which has gone before: a character dies, and that is the end of it all. In Calling Up the Dead, however, Brett Waver has managed to make death a starting point, or, in some instances, to allow it to form a new beginning--after all, funerals are for the living and not the dead. In the title story, an officious, unpleasant woman, Miss Mith, is transformed into a likeable character who discovers her ability to love through the spirit of her deceased father whom she has reluctantly come home to bury. In Three for Tango it is the fear of death, and its slippery companion, old age, which allows the Argentinean professor to realize the true love he has for his wife, despite his indiscretions which he has, initially, deemed so necessary. Death, in these stories, is, as it should always be, more than a character; it not only plays roles, but draws the line between where actors may and may not work out their drama--it is the moment in time prior to which everyone must speak their part before the silent curtain of memory falls.

About the Author:

Brett Weaver, originally from Hayling Island, England, was schooled in that country until he was twenty. He graduated from Boston University in 1989, and completed his M.F.A. in Fiction from Wichita State University in Kansas. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of North Texas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the "wonderful" Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He has published numerous short stories and two plays in such journals as New York Stories, Phoebe, Oasis, The Dickinson Review, The North Atlantic Review, and a critical article on Gabriel Garcia-Marquez in Notes on Contemporary Literature. Presently, he is at work on a screenplay entitled EternityPoints, a memoir entitled Diary of a Furniture Mover, and is trying to find a producer for his Hamlet parody, 1-800-OHAMLET. He is happily unmarried and child-less, and does NOT enjoy jogging and working out, but perseveres in the definitely unvain attempt to keep the "inevitable" at bay, or, at least, until next Thursday.

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