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Margaret of the Imperfections

Lynda Sexson

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ISBN 10: 089255147X / ISBN 13: 9780892551477
Published by Persea Books, 1989
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Margaret of the Imperfections

Publisher: Persea Books

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Reprint.

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Tells the stories of a girl defending her sister from a murder charge, an angel that visits a bachelor, a self-proclaimed preacher, and spinsters, mothers, and children

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The 10 stories in this first collection exhibit a wide range of voices while focusing sharply on that space in human lives where the sacred and the mundane intermingle. Sexson, who teaches religious studies at Montana State University, writes of disaffected individuals whose reality is more firmly grounded than that of the conventional people from whom they feel separate. The intriguingly titled "Starlings, Mute Swans, an Impossible Angel, Evening Grosbeaks, an Ostrich, Some Ducks, and a Sparrow" is told by a woman who believes her brother is about to marry the angel the two of them once saw as children; observations on love, jealousy and betrayal intersect in dazzling ways. In "Foxglove" a young woman cares for her husband's dying grandfather, a man who had been her savior when she was a child and who had raped her during her teens. "Hope Chest" is about a retarded woman of unspecified age who awaits the marriage her mother always spoke of as though it were something that would happen to her the way puberty did. The title story, about a woman whose body grows pearls, is a masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety. In Sexson's earthy, meticulous tales anything is possible and everything significant.
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