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By Ted Gilley

Winner of the Prairie Schooner publication Prize in Fiction, this bold number of 9 tales introduces readers to an edgy imaginative and prescient and a global during which certainties are verified and located short of. A Cambodian refugee negotiates the icy waters of yank social and sexual existence. a tender couple seeks “peak reviews” to flee grief, basically to find that they’ve introduced it in addition to them. A teenage lady, not able to stand the upcoming finish of her grandfather’s existence, hazards her personal existence in an impulsive act. A man’s fragile carry on fact turns into the main to his discovering, albeit via a terrifying labyrinth, his heart’s wish. The characters in Bliss and different brief tales needs to locate their strategy to a fact that, notwithstanding below excellent, is one they could dwell with. discovering bliss, it sort of feels, is as a lot approximately ache as approximately excitement, and in Ted Gilley’s writing the invention is often beautiful. (20100901)

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He came in the next morning in a rage. “You can’t call me there. Don’t ever call me there! Are you crazy? ” “So? ” I moved in, trying to make light, but he pushed my arms aside. 37 Vanishing World “These people know—are you crazy? ” He stood with fists clenched, reddening, his Midwestern shabby gentility in tatters. ” I was spiraling down, every word—even the right ones—wrong. “You’re late,” he said. ” After morning muster, I set about replacing a series of relays in a Radar unit. When I returned to the electronics shop, the ship’s doctor, a lieutenant commander, was in occupation.

I had friends, too, all of them curious: What went on at our house? I took them down for the tour. Dad looked up, scowled. He put them to work—anything simple—Mother fed them, and they went away. But clients never came to the house. Dad worked the phone and wrote letters, his Remington solid as a cinderblock on 28 Vanishing World the bar, his drink jumping with the pounding of the keys. Strangely enough, the orders—and the money—came in. But all was not well. • Mother, who had been flickering on and off our radar screen for a couple of weeks, came in one afternoon and began banging around the kitchen.

The twins clung to Mother’s legs and howled. Mother sobbed. ” Dad cried out. ” “You make me what I am,” Mother replied. But she went to him, and they went upstairs together. • A couple of weeks later, Mom and Dad took a little vacation, leaving the twins in Michele’s care—not that they needed that much looking after anymore. But we all felt scrambled, breathless. The girls swung with Michele for a week, and her capacity to radiate sunshine was put to the test. I expected any number of thunderclaps upon their return, but reentry was uneventful: Dad was smoothly, loudly affectionate, shouting back at the twins, laughing, sticking out a hey-buddy hand for me to shake—which I took, with real happiness.

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