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Braverman, Kate.

ISBN 10: 0449905519 / ISBN 13: 9780449905517
Published by New York: Fawcett Columbine (Ballantine), (1990.) dj, 1990
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. First collection of short stories by this poet and novelist. SIGNED on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.). Bookseller Inventory # 31864

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Publisher: New York: Fawcett Columbine (Ballantine), (1990.) dj

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Single mothers, insolent daughters, blood sisters, and desperate friends people the tales in this twelve-story cycle, as they live out urban fairy tales and nightmares in the atmospheric landscape of Los Angeles

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In her first story collection poet and novelist Braverman ( Lithium for Medea ; Palm Latitudes ) creates a mosaic with an integral connectedness; the 12 stories form a complete set of variations on a theme. In lingering glimpses of these Los Angeles residents, Braverman portrays women whose desperation and romance with booze or cocaine feed on each other. In "Falling in October," Diana Barrington, who appears in several tales, muses, "We are falling in and out of love without warning. We are asking strangers to marry us. The rain is falling like green bullets. . . . We are falling to the ground, through the earth itself, into debt and disaster." Another heroine, whose husband keeps showing her mean little apartments in bad neighborhoods (harbingers of post-divorce life), travels with him to Hawaii for her 40th birthday. in "Points of Decision." There she imagines herself in another life, as a waitress: "She would look satisfactory in such an outfit, carrying a tray of drinks. Someone at the hotel would get drugs for her." Language--her own sensuous prose, and her characters' obsessions with words--the theme of communication-- plays a vital role in Braverman's books. She writes about choices, about what we choose to name or to characterize, about what we allow ourselves to know in words. Although the intense richness which saturates these stories is occasionally overwhelming, the collection is a bold and exotic feat.
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