A Near-Perfect Gift

A Near-Perfect Gift

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by Rose Marie Kinder
     
 

"[Kinder] writes with the x-ray vision of a Sherwood Anderson, and with the insight of a Freudian analyst, an interpreter of dreams, in language that could be as well suited to the traditional folktale or the hometown newspaper as to poetry of the French surrealists. Here is a collection of short fiction for our times: a mirror held up to the homely details,

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"[Kinder] writes with the x-ray vision of a Sherwood Anderson, and with the insight of a Freudian analyst, an interpreter of dreams, in language that could be as well suited to the traditional folktale or the hometown newspaper as to poetry of the French surrealists. Here is a collection of short fiction for our times: a mirror held up to the homely details, reflecting back to us the wild insides."
---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge

"I read A Near-Perfect Gift from start to end without stopping, and, when I finished, found myself sitting in my darkened office, infused with an unexpected sense of peace."
---Eileen Pollack, MLFA judge

The stories in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve around the often hardscrabble small-town life in one rural village. Like any other community inhabited by the human race, it's a place where the banal and the improbable coalesce, a place with its share of common tragedies and uncommon madmen: some howl at the moon, while others turn out to be heroes. There are the two old ladies down the street who might be witches and must be exorcised, and the man who plucks chickens for a living. It is within the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the world that seemingly small questions---often the kind that children ask, arising from a child's imagined understanding of how the adult world works---assume an eerie portent: Was that a snake beneath the woodpile? Could a pregnant bat climb out of a hole in the ground? The answers never cease to surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472031061
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
09/07/2005
Series:
Michigan Literary Fiction Awards Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.57(d)

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A Near-Perfect Gift 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.M. Kinder¿s award-winning book of stories 'A Near-Perfect Gift' is like a medley of familiar bluegrass and gospel tunes played by cousins at a family picnic: heartfelt tales of strife, sorrow, redemption, and glory that echo the timeless rhythms of middle-America. And just like the strange and awesome woman in her story 'Friday Fisherman,' Ms. Kinder has '¿opened her mouth and let out a high, strong, mournful, wonderful note that she sustained, and sustained, and sustained.' Similarly, her stories of small town passion and pathos will sustain the interest of the reader from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy American regional literature and are able to 'hear' the evocative, smooth southern intonations in Ms. Kinder¿s narration.