By Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books
The name, A brilliant Soothing Noise, refers back to the sound that fireside makes, promising not just light and heat but in addition violence and destruction. Brown’s maximum hero is Frank O’Connor, and prefer O’Connor’s his tales discover the ultimate bleakness of a countrywide existence yet within the comparable second glow with its promise of affection and existence and belonging. Brown’s americans will try out virtually whatever to attach. they have a tendency to drink an excessive amount of, to force too quickly, are a bit too violent of their passions or even a bit too spiritual. Too frequently they think, they trust—and however they don’t, based now not a lot on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. they're constantly at the verge of whatever greater. they simply need a little extra, just a little an excessive amount of, and whereas we as readers wish with all our hearts for them to get it, we additionally worry they may. “This hugely wonderful number of tales has the scenic depth and caliber of Tennessee Williams's one-act performs. Meet a diverse solid of characters in unusual settings, and revel in their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, writer of April Fool’s Day: a unique and decide quantity 9: Katherine Anne Porter Prize briefly Fiction
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Something bestial and at the same time pitifully human about him affected me. How had he survived all these years from one bucket of slops to another? Had he dreamed of suicide? He was The Slaughterhouse 25 in a fix, you could see it in his bloodshot little pig eyes and I knew why Mr. Poniatowsky called him Brezhnev. Something bright and huge and harsh lived behind his swollen cheeks. As he peered out of his pen at me, I saw in him a depth of wounded pride, and the sweetness of despair. Early Sunday morning, when Sam threw open the gate, Brezhnev sat up, confused, embarrassed, exposed by our flashlights.
The mother of course whispered, “Harris, it’s fine. ” She was right. The dad removed the cover and the baby did not wake up. Charlemagne stopped. I felt his whole body and his long legs just stop where he stood. It seemed his heart stopped a second, too. I wanted to touch Charlemagne, his arm or his shoulder, but I was afraid. Then he said, “Ooof, that is something. ” He looked at me then he looked at the father. “That is something. Thank you very much for the honor of that and I must get back to my kitchen.
I had read enough of Tolstoy and Turgenev to see his point. Sam and the circulating Brezhnev had the weight of history behind them—this was my moment. If I were too weak to take this death ride, would I ever have enough balls to live? Why had Isabel stopped writing to me? Maybe there was something elemental I had failed to prove to her as well. So I leaped into The Slaughterhouse 27 Brezhnev’s path and like an anvil he hit me at the knees. I went down, my arms and face into the liquid dark. Sam didn’t even laugh and I knew why.
A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books