A Bright Soothing Noise

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The title, A Bright Soothing Noise, refers to the sound that fire makes, promising not only warmth and light but also violence and destruction. Brown’s greatest hero is Frank O’Connor, and like O’Connor’s his stories uncover the final bleakness of a national life but in the same moment glow with its promise of love and life and belonging. Brown’s Americans will try almost anything to connect. They tend to drink too much, to drive too fast, are a little too violent in their passions and even a little too ...

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Overview

The title, A Bright Soothing Noise, refers to the sound that fire makes, promising not only warmth and light but also violence and destruction. Brown’s greatest hero is Frank O’Connor, and like O’Connor’s his stories uncover the final bleakness of a national life but in the same moment glow with its promise of love and life and belonging. Brown’s Americans will try almost anything to connect. They tend to drink too much, to drive too fast, are a little too violent in their passions and even a little too religious. Too often they believe, they trust—and then again they don’t, depending not so much on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. They are always on the verge of something better. They only want a little more, only a little too much, and while we as readers want with all our hearts for them to get it, we also fear they might.

“This highly entertaining collection of stories has the scenic intensity and quality of Tennessee Williams's one-act plays. Meet a varied cast of characters in strange settings, and enjoy their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, author of April Fool’s Day: A Novel and judge

Number Nine: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

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 “This highly entertaining collection of stories has the scenic intensity and quality of Tennessee Williams's one-act plays. Meet a varied cast of characters in strange settings, and enjoy their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, author of April Fool’s Day: A Novel and judge

 

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PETER BROWN works as an IT manager for the Harvard University Economics Department. Along with his fiction, he has published translations from Spanish and French and has received support from the PEN America Center and the French Embassy for his work as a translator. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded him an artist’s grant in 2006 for his fiction. He also helps edit the journal Salamander and lives in the Boston area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Gripping read

    The stories of A Bright Soothing Noise will haunt you long after you have finished reading. They are tales of the hopeless making a last grasp at hope and leaping blindly into a new life. But this new and unknown life is often more terrifying than anything they tried to leave behind. Compelling, beautifully written, and full of tension, each story packs a startling and memorable punch.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    The stories of A Bright Soothing Noise will haunt you long after you have finished reading. They are tales of the hopeless making a last grasp at hope and leaping blindly into a new life. But this new and unknown life is often more terrifying than anything they tried to leave behind. Compelling, beautifully written, and full of tension, each story packs a startling and memorable punch.

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