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Eternal City: Stories

Shapiro, Molly

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ISBN 10: 1884235212 / ISBN 13: 9781884235214
Published by Helicon Nine Editions, 1997
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Title: Eternal City: Stories

Publisher: Helicon Nine Editions

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Eternal City, by Molly Shapiro, is a sophisticated, polished, taut, cool, funny and sometimes quietly scary collection of stories. Winner of the 1997 Willa Cather Fiction Prize, it's the first published work by Shapiro and a virtuoso performance.

Shapiro sets her stages with aplomb and ingenuity, placing her characters at the brink of crises and changes which define the human condition. Often she leaves them hanging there, gazing away into some metaphysical abyss.

At first the reader may find her endings baffling, unresolved. But after you've read a few, patterns emerge, along with the sense that Shapiro's stories probe deeper than many conventional ones with pat endings. The individual stories illuminate one another and add up to a work of art.

Shapiro's characters often dream of "starting over," "building a new life," finding another human being or situation that will fulfill them. Sometimes the dream is granted-- along with an epiphany that recalls Oscar Wilde's quip that getting what one wants is one of life's two great tragedies.

John Cheever, Raymond Carver and Anton Chekov hover around Shapiro's pages, but she's carved out a style and viewpoint of her own. Riding high, then falling or drowning, Shapiro's orphaned characters worry about "getting too far behind"; they try to "reach the top." But when they get there things are "too good to be true" "too perfect to be real" -- or sinister. They never seem to find what they're looking for. How many ever do? -- The Kansas City Star, November 9, 1997

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