A Near-Perfect Gift

R.M. Kinder
Stories
Startling and compelling stories of small-town life in the tradition of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio

Description

The stories in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve around the often hardscrabble small-town life in one rural village. Like any other community inhabited by the human race, it's a place where the banal and the improbable coalesce, a place with its share of common tragedies and uncommon madmen: some howl at the moon, while others turn out to be heroes. There are the two old ladies down the street who might be witches and must be exorcised, and the man who plucks chickens for a living. It is within the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the world that seemingly small questions—often the kind that children ask, arising from a child's imagined understanding of how the adult world works—assume an eerie portent: Was that a snake beneath the woodpile? Could a pregnant bat climb out of a hole in the ground? The answers never cease to surprise.

Rose Marie Kinder is the author of Sweet Angel Band, which won the 1991 Willa Cather Award. Her fiction has appeared in Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, Other Voices, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Confrontation, Atlanta Review, and Poetry.

Product Details

  • 192 pages.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2009
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-02147-5


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Keywords

  • Short stories, small-town life

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