All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories by Lee K. Abbott

By Lee K. Abbott

Listed here are tales approximately fathers and sons, tales approximately women and men, and tales concerning the relationships among males via one in all our so much proficient tale writers. The narrator of "The Who, the What and the Why," starts off breaking into his personal condominium as a kind of treatment after his daughter dies. In "The Human Use of Inhuman Beings," the most personality realizes that his closest dating is to an angel, who appears to be like to him simply to announce the demise of family. All issues, All at Once reminds us why Lee ok. Abbott is to be valuable: his excellent pitch for stories of hapless Southwesterners, his means with sympathetic irony, his eye that skillfully notes the awkward humiliations—common heartbreak, fractured families—and documents all of it in lyrical, affectionate language. In stories new and from earlier collections Abbott examines lived existence and the lies we inevitably inform approximately it.

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Ordinarily it was Harry who set the pace. But on Saturday Harry had to work to keep up with Helene. When the curtain came down on the final curtain call, Harry wanted to get away, but he couldn’t. Helene wouldn’t let go his hand. The rest of the cast and the stage crew and a lot of well-wishers fiom the audience were all standing around Harry and Helene, and Harry was trying to get his hand back. 26 WHO A M I THIS TIME? ” she said. ” she said. He got very red. “I’m afraid I’m not much on parties,” he said.

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