Dreams of Distant Lives

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“This is a writer whose language explores the range of life.”—Bette Peretsky

“Large in scope and meaning and unforgettable.”—William Harrison

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Warmth lifts and fills these tales by an accomplished storyteller--they are also infused with humor, a bittersweet sorrow and deep affection for the follies and foibles of people who love. Writing about a sinning minister as in ``A View of Me from Mars''; a war-crazy young soldier in Vietnam in ``Why I Live in Hanoi''; or the football coach/world leader in the futuristic ``The Era of Great Numbers,'' Abbott delivers a wry and respectful vision of human nature unsullied by sentimentality or falseness. Current in content and form--the terrain is the human spirit in the face of loss, most often divorce, with plenty of trailer homes and Piggly Wiggly stores in sight--the stories are neither grim nor discouraging, not even the saddest, ``Once Upon a Time,'' or the nearly bleak coming-of-sexual-age, ``1963.'' The tales are distinguished by rightness of dialogue and permeance of place, usually the dry lands of New Mexico. Abbott ( Strangers in Paradise ) displays fully rounded view of human nature, and again reveals himself as a fine exponent of the short story form. (Apr.)
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Love is a ``necessary catastrophe'' says the narrator of ``Here in Time and Not,'' sounding the note that links these stories. This intrinsic relationship between love and grief is a theme played out in the lives of both the fortyish professional men who populate stories like ``The Happy Parts'' and the teenager experiencing first love in the sadly tender ``1963.'' And love wounds in other than romantic ways. Thus, in ``The View of Me from Mars,'' a son learns to go on loving his father after discovering his moral failures, while ``Revolutionaries'' tests the bond between two very dissimilar college buddies. Repetition is a problem, as many of these stories involve the same type of character and situation. Yet Abbott writes with a verve that makes his stories immediately engaging, and the best of them move the reader with their poignancy and compassion.-- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399134555
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1989
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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