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Dream Date: Stories (Johns Hopkins, Poetry and Fiction)by Jean Mcgarry
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In Dream Date, Jean McGarry observes the relationships between men and women and expresses the delicate boundary that separates real from ethereal states we drift in and out of each day.<P>"Moon, June" is the story of a woman who has everything and passes her used clothes to a second woman, who has nothing. The latter discovers, to her horror, that clothes aren't all the two are sharing. In "Paris, " a woman seeks her wayward husband, and instead finds his mistress. An oversleeping husband in "The Secret of His Sleep" wakes up to everyday reality that contains, deep in its ordinary folds, a once-in-a-lifetime visitation. In these stories, the real world has suddenly been given the latitude and power of a dream. McGarry explores such dreams, and their solutions, which are so often fashioned with stunning logic and bring with them undreamed-of satisfactions.
Jean McGarry has been praised for her deft, comic, and devastatingly precise portraits (New York Times Book Review) and as a writer who honors the human condition (Baltimore Sun). In her new collection of stories, Dream Date, she focuses her skills as a gifted observer (Publishers Weekly) on the delicate boundary that separates the real from the ethereal states we drift into and out of as we try to make sense of our relationships, romantic and otherwise, with the other sex. Funny and haunting in equal measure — and suffused with a hint of the surreal — McGarry's stories explore the confusions, contradictions, and calamities of the modern relationship: in Paris, a woman tracks down her wayward husband in the City of Lights and ends up having a meeting of minds with his mistress that gives great satisfaction to both women; in Moon, June, a woman stalks the wardrobe of a wealthy socialite in a consignment shop, opening up a world of polymorphous delight and fashion envy; and in The Secret of His Sleep, a man wakes up after forty years to a reality that is at once strangely familiar and completely unexpected. In these wry fictions, real-world problems often have solutions fashioned with the stunning clarity and logic of a dream.
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