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Compositions For The Young And Old
     

Compositions For The Young And Old

by Paul G. Tremblay, Stewart O'Nan (Introduction)
 

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A jar that holds your deepest secrets and fears. A fireman confronts his past while trying to save a group of children who have fallen through thin ice. A preacher's daughter goes to fantastic and desperate lengths to write a book like Mark Twain. A man who cures people's pain and sadness through laughter finds his greatest challenge in a little boy. In this debut

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A jar that holds your deepest secrets and fears. A fireman confronts his past while trying to save a group of children who have fallen through thin ice. A preacher's daughter goes to fantastic and desperate lengths to write a book like Mark Twain. A man who cures people's pain and sadness through laughter finds his greatest challenge in a little boy. In this debut collection by Paul G. Tremblay, there are twenty stories following the chronological arc of a human life. Twenty stories about the young and old, and everyone in-between.

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Tremblay's disturbing debut story collection runs the gamut from straight-up horror through SF to psychological sketches of troubled souls. In "The Jar," a grandmother shows her granddaughter a jar that holds horrors-or is it delights?-with the old woman willing to sacrifice her granddaughter's peace for a peek into the child's mind. In one of the volume's most original tales, "Cold," a gay man devours his lover piece by piece and in the process reconstitutes himself. More predictable is "The Harlequin and the Train," in which a commuter watches a clown get hit by a train and then devoured by people who descend onto the tracks. Each story revolves around transformation, be it the removal of memory in "Annabel Leigh" or a woman's descent into postpartum madness in "With More Than Eyes," whose denouement will surprise no one familiar with the real-life Susan Smith case. Stewart O'Nan provides an introduction. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809550692
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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