Desert Gothic (Iowa Short Fiction Award) by Don Waters PDF

By Don Waters

ISBN-10: 1587296241

ISBN-13: 9781587296246

This robust debut assortment, set within the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly artistic new voice. Like an early Richard Ford, Don Waters writes with ability, empathy, and an edgy wit of worlds hardly celebrated in modern literature. In desolate tract Gothic, Waters unleashes a wild and gritty solid and issues them down paths of reckoning, the place the characters earn the grace in their hard-won knowledge.      Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing houses, truck stops, and the “poverty inns that encircled downtown’s on line casino corridor,” Waters’s ten tales are jam-packed with misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium employee who decorates deserted urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the moment Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorc? who “always likes humans higher while they’re a bit broken.” Limo drivers, ultra-marathoners, vagabonds, and a distraught novelist-to-be populate the pages of those gritty tales.

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Fidgeting with an emerald ring on his pinkie, he linked one ugly symptom to the next, unrolling a long chain of medical facts as invisible bombshells dropped all around the dealer. Never once did the old man look him in the eye, and when Epstein finally finished, he collapsed into a pile of embroidered pillows on the couch, released a muted fart, and seemed to wander off into space, considering his awards, which hung like ornaments along the wall, honorary-this, distinctions-with-that, a man of achievement and renown.

She was gripped by a vibrating fear that I would spring the subject on her. As a consequence, she talked, thereby preemptively filling the space needed for an authentic exchange. It took years of frustration and a hundred hours of psychotherapy to arrive, finally, at acceptance. I looked at my mother, on my bed, with affection: my mother, a nervous little bird, chirping. The image soon vanished. Sheets 21 I tried the flip side to the Chiffons. As my mother continued to talk, I lifted the needle, putting it to the beginning of the record.

The dealer puts on the light, scratches his legs, chest, his moist armpits. o. session but then quickly reconsiders, thinking of it for the first time in a long time as a disgusting idea. He studies the cigarette’s bright cherry in the reflection of the TV screen. Then he flips the television on, trying to find comfort somewhere within the static. He finds himself growing irritated by embryonic pangs of guilt and sadness that 42 M r. E p s t e i n a n d t h e D e a l e r creep though his limbs and end as a contraction at the pit of his throat.

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