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"Fire blooms, " writes Nancy Reisman, "blooms again, marking us, dismantling what we believed inviolable. At times we can do nothing but record its stunning recklessness." The award-winning stories in House Fires sift through the smoldering evidence of relationships come undone. In lyrical and sometimes haunting prose, Reisman explores the private histories of families and lovers spiraling toward catastrophe.<P>These eleven stories travel from snowbound Buffalo in the 1940s to present-day Boston, Providence, and San Francisco and across the domestic terrain of desire's unruly claims to the nuances of grief. In the title story, a young woman whose sister has been killed in a fire reckons with her parents' silent suffering and finds transcendence through film. In a series of stories set in post-World War II Buffalo and Manhattan, the members of a close-knit Jewish family are caught up in a maze of clandestine desires — none of which can be fulfilled. The collection's final series turns to one family's complex generational links: a college student confronted by her own assumptions about race and sexuality; a grandmother slipping into mental decline; a middle-aged mother juggling bewilderment, love, and grief.<P>Passion and heartbreak are often intertwined in these stories as Reisman reveals the ways in which women and men are inevitably shaped by their histories and the ways in which their bodies carry the legacy of loss.

Table of Contents

House fires. — I. Buffalo series. Edie in winter. ; Heart of hearts. ; Confessions. ; Common light. — II. Northeast corridor. Sharks. ; Dreaming of the snail life. ; Rubies. — III. Jessie stories. Girl on a couch. ; Strays. ; The good life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877456926
Author:
Reisman, Nancy
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Location:
Iowa City :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
United States Social life and customs 20th century Fiction.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Iowa Short Fiction Award
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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