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Shacochis, Bob.

ISBN 10: 051757067X / ISBN 13: 9780517570678
Published by New York: Crown, (1989.) dj, 1989
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. SIGNED on the half title page with a long and wonderful inscription "For Joy, brave brave, lady, stay shining in the light of all the rivers, all the bright blue seas they give themselves to. See you again, yes? someday, down around the bend' and dated in 1992. His second collection of short stories (the first won the American Book Award, and this collection won the Prix de Rome.) Set in the Caribbean, Virginia, New Orleans and elsewhere, these stories are touching, totally original and captivating. Dustjacket praise from Robert Stone, Barry Hannah, Russell Banks, and others. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 27092

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Publisher: New York: Crown, (1989.) dj

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of short stories peopled by an often mysterious panoply of characters and related in a darkly comic voice

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Chameleon-like, Shacochis assimilates diverse geographic locales and voices in these surprising stories. In "I Ate Her Heart," a wild tall tale set in Texas, a harmonica-playing good-old-boy finds that violence and love may intersect. "Where Pelham Fell" is about a diehard Virginia aristocrat who obsessively collects bones from a Civil War battlefield. Contrived diction mars "The Trapdoor," set in an Elizabethan London playhouse. The opener, "Les Femmes Creoles," hilariously yet touchingly limns two old crones who weave romantic rescue fantasies around male intruders on their derelict plantation. Three of the eight tales return to the Caribbean locale that Shacochis musically evoked in his first collection, Easy in the Islands , which won a 1985 American Book Award. The most complex piece here, "Celebrations of the New World," is a zinger. The respective families of a newly married coupletheir roots generically Midwestern and Lebanese-Irish-Mexicanconfront each other in a July Fourth bash; we see America as a seething caldron rather than a melting-pot. These memorable stories capture a sense of the enormous compromises that life forces on us as we lurch toward a clouded future.
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