Synopses & Reviews
Winner of FC2's American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize
Margo Berdeshevskyandrsquo;s Beautiful Soon Enough is a collection of hypnotic stories that capture the livesandmdash;worldly, sexual, obsessiveandmdash;of twentyandndash;three arresting women.These are snapshots and collages: stories of women on the outside, looking in; of women content to end their affairs; of young women learning the power of seduction; and of older women reminiscing about past loves. They are women who cannot live without loveandrsquo;s embrace, and women who have found it and feel that it is never enough. They are women of a andldquo;certain age,andrdquo; as the French might say, and women with naked hearts, of any age.Berdeshevskyandrsquo;s tales cross the planet: from beds in Paris to the roofs of Havana, from Venice Beach to the hills of Dubrovnik. With settings as varied as the characters they depict, these tales illuminate the lives of women desperate for a balance between love, comfort, and freedom. Personal, driven, and lyrical, together they are Beautiful Soon Enough.
"In 23 brief, dreamy stories set in locales from Paris to Cuba, poet, actress and photographer Berdeshevsky remains transfixed by beauty and desire. 'Window,' the first piece, sets the tone: a woman stands at the window wearing a garter belt and motions to her lover standing outside in the snow. Elsewhere, seductions occur in places like church, where a narrator waits to meet her neighbor; on the streets of San Francisco; within a community of Russian migrs in Paris; or by the waiter in a Parisian cafe bathroom scenes all depicted with a certain aloof obliqueness. Evocations rather than development are Berdeshevsky's forte, as in 'Cage,' where a caged white female monkey in a Manhattan pet store becomes a metaphor for the protagonist, who is sexually assaulted in the store. In many of the pieces, accompanied by photographs of statues and nudes by the author, the protagonists wait 'for a beautiful thing to happen.' These moody moments can be evanescent, but as stories they're not quite satisfying." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andquot;Margo Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen whose ever-lively sense of wonder both at the world and at language is a constant in her work. This is writing with emotional power, great beauty and immediacy, found in the here-and-now, woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life. So MUCH verbal beauty, with the eternal quality of the tale or fable.andquot;--Marilyn Hacker
"Margo Berdeshevskyand#8217;s Beautiful Soon Enough is a thrillingly cutting-edge work of photos and short short stories flowing together into an extended erotic dream that limns the inner lives of women deeply yearning for connection and authenticity.and#160;This is a splendid book by a fine poet turning into an equally fine fiction writer." and#151;Robert Olen Butler
"Margo Berdeshevsky understands the diabolical complexity of the human heart, and how eros is a form of intelligence as well as a drive. Writing with lyric accuracy and necessary forgiveness about the turmoils of love, she also declares the 8th Deadly Sin: the refusal of intense experience. " --Sven Birkerts
Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4and#147;Comprised of twenty-three stories, ranging in length from one to eight pages, these are artfully sculpted fictions conveyed with astonishing phrasing, yet transmitted with relative ease. . . . Equally poetic are Berdeshevskyand#8217;s alluring black and white photographs that act as accompaniments, indeed as an interstices, to the short fictions. . . . As a collection, this book is utterly satisfying on many levels, even though many characters find little satisfaction in their own lives. Berdeshevsky intertwines form and content in the same way the bodies of strangers come together, impulsively and hungry, who then part, with even deeper desires.and#8221; and#151;Poetry International
"Beautiful Soon Enough
is a slim collection of twenty-three stories, some as short as two pages, others somewhat longer, each a jewel in its own right, set to perfection in relation to the whole, and subtly accompanied by photographs and photo montages done by the author." and#151;Necessary Fiction
and#160; "Margo Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen whose ever-lively sense of wonder both at the world and at language is a constant in her work. This is writing with emotional power, great beauty and immediacy, found in the here-and-now, woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life. So MUCH verbal beauty, with the eternal quality of the tale or fable."
and#151;Marilyn Hacker and#160;
Beautiful Soon Enough is a collection of hypnotic stories that capture the livesandmdash;worldly, sexual, obsessiveandmdash;of twentyandndash;three arresting women.
About the Author
and#160;Margo Berdeshevsky is the author of the poetry collection But a Passage in Wilderness. She lives in Paris.