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The Physics of Imaginary Objects (Drue Heinz Literature Prize)

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ISBN13: 9780822943983
ISBN10: 0822943980
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An anonymous cast spans four generations in the struggle for redemption, love, and peace.  An immigrant cobbler sees his son wrongly arrested by a man who shines his shoes. The memory of a boy’s deceased mother is betrayed when his friend use her makeup as gag. A waitress secretly admires a man who atones for his troubled past by refurbishing a house. And a man laments his lost love by tracing her footsteps across the floors of his empty apartment.  A storm looms, bringing the stories together across time and place, uniting them all by their common humanity. These intense portraits are packed with intelligent Christian allegory and lyricism that work together to culminate in one bright mosaic picture.

Review:

"This enigmatic collection by Hall comprises curious musings on the convergence of the natural and human worlds. In 'Visitations,' dead squirrels are trapped in the wall of a pregnant woman's kitchen while the father of her baby is away. The smell of decay leads to paranoia and the suspicion that the father has cursed the house. 'Skinny Girls' Constitution and Bylaws' is a humorously chilling list of girls whose 'knees are castanets,' who 'chant Plath at school assemblies,' and whose 'job is to fasten ties around men's necks.' 'All the Day's Sad Stories,' a novella, is about a superstitious married couple, Mercy and Jake, trying to conceive despite omens such as Jake's cookie lacking a fortune. Many of these selections, such as 'By the Gleam of Her Teeth, She Will Light the Path Before Her,' have quirky titles that deliver atmospheric and dreamlike stories sure to fascinate. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Four separate generations of nameless characters struggle for redemption, love, and peace in a lyrically weaved collection of stories.

 

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Winner of the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

The Physics of Imaginary Objects,  in fifteen stories and a novella, offers a very different kind of short fiction, blending story with verse to evoke fantasy, allegory, metaphor, love, body, mind, and nearly every sensory perception. Weaving in and out of the space that connects life and death in mysterious ways, these texts use carefully honed language that suggests a newfound spirituality.

About the Author

Tina May Hall is assistant professor of English at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Her stories have appeared in 3rd Bed, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West,  minnesota review, descant, the Collagist, and Water-Stone Review, among others. She is the author of the chapbook All the Day’s Sad Stories.

Table of Contents

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          Prologue                                                                                
I        A Trip to the Graveyard                                     
II       Footsteps Upstairs                                                                 
III      The Church and Military Monuments in the Town                  
IV      The Shoe Man                                                                         
V       A Picture Found in the Salvation Army                                  
VI      Man Looks too Long into a Window                              
VII     Building Ourselves Devotion                                                 
VIII    Reaching Out to Touch the Old Ramparts                              
IX      Consuming Romance (The Hypnotist)                                      
X       The Already-Criminal                                                            
XI      Time Spent as a Picture upon a Shelf                             
XII     An Afternoon Game                                                                
XIII    A Man Buys a House                                                               
XIV    The Waitress and the Secret Box                                            
XV     A Tendency of Staring at the Storm Drain                             

          Epilogue                                                                                                          
 
 
Other Stories
         
I        Rope
II       Train Platform
III      The Artist is Human
IV      Aria Night
V       Cistern
VI      The Harbormaster
 
 

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SMAJackson, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by SMAJackson)
Some of the best new writing I've read in years. Disturbing in a beautiful way. I reread several of the pieces in this collection before moving on to the next, the way one might take more of a particular drug knowing full well they'd had enough. I just didn't want to come down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780822943983
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Hall, Tina May
Author:
Belczyk, David
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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Product details 160 pages University of Pittsburgh Press - English 9780822943983 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This enigmatic collection by Hall comprises curious musings on the convergence of the natural and human worlds. In 'Visitations,' dead squirrels are trapped in the wall of a pregnant woman's kitchen while the father of her baby is away. The smell of decay leads to paranoia and the suspicion that the father has cursed the house. 'Skinny Girls' Constitution and Bylaws' is a humorously chilling list of girls whose 'knees are castanets,' who 'chant Plath at school assemblies,' and whose 'job is to fasten ties around men's necks.' 'All the Day's Sad Stories,' a novella, is about a superstitious married couple, Mercy and Jake, trying to conceive despite omens such as Jake's cookie lacking a fortune. Many of these selections, such as 'By the Gleam of Her Teeth, She Will Light the Path Before Her,' have quirky titles that deliver atmospheric and dreamlike stories sure to fascinate. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,

Four separate generations of nameless characters struggle for redemption, love, and peace in a lyrically weaved collection of stories.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

Winner of the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

The Physics of Imaginary Objects,  in fifteen stories and a novella, offers a very different kind of short fiction, blending story with verse to evoke fantasy, allegory, metaphor, love, body, mind, and nearly every sensory perception. Weaving in and out of the space that connects life and death in mysterious ways, these texts use carefully honed language that suggests a newfound spirituality.

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