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Synopsis: These ten short stories explore loss and sacrifice in American suburbia. In idyllic suburbs across the country, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, narrators struggle to find meaning or value in their lives because of (or in spite of) something that has happened in their pasts. In Hole, a young man reconstructs the memory of his childhood friend's deadly fall. In The Theory of Light and Matter, a woman second-guesses her choice between a soul mate and a comfortable one. Memories erode as Porter's characters struggle to determine what has happened to their loved ones and whether or not they are responsible. Children and teenagers carry heavy burdens in these stories: in River Dog, the narrator cannot fully remember a drunken party where he suspects his older brother assaulted a classmate; in Azul, a childless couple, craving the affection of an exchange student, fails to set the boundaries that would keep him safe; and in Departure, a suburban teenage boy fascinated with the Amish makes a futile attempt to date a girl he can never be close to.
Memory often replaces absence in these stories as characters reconstruct the events of their pasts in an attempt to understand what they have chosen to keep. These struggles lead to an array of secretive and escapist behavior as the characters, united by middle-class social pressures, try to maintain a sense of order in their lives. Drawing on the tradition of John Cheever, these stories recall and revisit the landscape of American suburbia through the lens of a new generation.
About the Author: Andrew Porter is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has received a variety of fellowships including the 2004 W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, a Helene Wurlitzer Fellowship, and a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener/Copernicus Society of America. His award-winning fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and on NPR's Selected Shorts.
Title: The Theory of Light and Matter: Stories (...
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description University of Georgia Press, 2008. Book Condition: Good. 2nd. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP33660360
Book Description University of Georgia Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2786644423
Book Description University of Georgia Press, 2008. Book Condition: Good. 2nd. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP91622833
Book Description University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Light bumps and shelf wear. Inscribed: "To Jamie and Hugh Daear friends and generous hosts. I am so grateful for your friendship. This party was a smashing success. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!" and signed "Andrew Porter 10/28/08 San Antonio, TX" in black ink by his name on title page. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 036201
Book Description University of Georgia Press October 2008, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 152041
Book Description University of Georgia Press October 2008, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used. Bookseller Inventory # 335110
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Book Description University of Georgia Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0820332097
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