A Novella and Three Stories as Alternative Autobiographies
Author: Bernard Harper Friedman
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Coming Close is what the author calls "alternative autobiographies"--four stories, each dealing freely with different, though sometimes overlapping, material through which we understand the complexity of a man's life. In the previously unpublished novella "Watching Father Die," a son sees his father die--both as physical man and psychological symbol. At the same time, the son watches himself die, and cool rage balances warm compassion. "Drinking Smoke," and "Moving in Place," have both been published in prestigious literary magazines--New American Review and The Hudson Review. Like the novella, each is concerned with an obsession. "Moving in Place" received a Fels Award of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines as one of the five best stories of the year. Finally, "Choosing a Name" focuses on how a man who is nameless, though precisely identified in the first three stories, comes close to being B.H. Friedman. Altogether, the four stories reinforce one another to become a coherent, multi-faceted self-portrait.
The impact and interplay within a group of 40 people, imbued with revolutionary spirit ln the summer of 1969, a group of 40 people, imbued with revolutionary spirit, come to the rural area of Farmington, Massachusetts to create a selfstructuring community. Music for a Broken Piano vividly describes the impact and interplay within the group and the changes in their lives which occur because of the experience. Among the group, three leaders are obvious: Nathan, the official administrator and counselor, a strong, patient, dedicated man: Toni McHugh. an attractive, talented, and independent young woman; and Makar, the only black person there--a protean, mysterious, flamboyant and ometimes brutal spellbinder.
Fresh writings about women, love, and strength In this collection of seven short stories, Moira Crone presents fresh writings about women, love, and strength. "Kudzu" is a tale of a girl's childhood in the stranglehold of American life. "The Brooklyn Lie" deals with a young woman's sexuality and body. The title story explores relationships and women's issues through a series of letters and narratives.
Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "Lewis Warsh has written a meticulously schemed novel of those arid pastures where men and women are trapped between desire and reality. The tug of their daily life is too strong for the pathetic forays they make into a larger world of romantic narrative. Unable to communicate with one another, frustrated and angry, they retire into their impotent daydreams. In his wry and deadpan way, Warsh emphasizes that in the contemporary world he has described, there are no Anna Kareninas, no Emma Bovarys--only Agnes and Sally and their similarly bewildered mates, Jacob and Bob."--Barbara Guest
Crash-Landing is an exploration of modern day fear and failure. Its subject is self-delusion and self-fulfillment, sexual entanglements and midlife anxiety, marriage and existential loneliness. Named after Lindbergh, his parents' hero, Charles Burg has neither the requisite head for heights nor the stomach to go it alone. Though destined for a fall, he contrives--by never looking down--to keep his marriage to Anne aloft through years of circling, of buffeting crosswinds, instrument failure and near collisions. When the crackup finally comes, the touchdown is not tragic, flaming wreck, but a nose-in-the-mud return to ground zero. Both survive the forced landing. Anne comes through better: she manages to walk away from the wreckage. Chuck crawls off, emotionally grounded. We last see him fleeing across the Atlantic, winging toward an eighty-day crash cure at a rehabilitation camp fpr bereaved ex-husbands "some twenty kilometers south of Breat." Or rather, that is the reader's first glimpse of this comedy's anti-hero, for events unfold in reverse order appearance - from the crackup back to the passionate beginning that led to the marriage. The story's counter-chronological movement gives the reader foresight, while Chuck, its first-person narrator, remains, happily or ironically, unaware of the laws of physics that govern the all too short duration of love's flight.
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