In a Bear's Eye


?Stories like beautiful black diamonds. Someone has cut you while you were dreaming, slipped them into your muscles, your mind. You may never know just how you?ve been changed.??Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury

The title story was included in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2007.

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“Stories like beautiful black diamonds. Someone has cut you while you were dreaming, slipped them into your muscles, your mind. You may never know just how you’ve been changed.”—Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury

The title story was included in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2007.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In 24 brief, impressionistic tales, Murphy (Signed, Mata Hari) delivers an emotional wallop. The title story concerns a widow and her young son attempting to carry on after the suicide of the husband and father-and finding a watchful bear's presence near their house more protective than menacing. "Pan, pan, pan," one of the longer stories, is named for the urgency call emitted by a plane that crashes near a lake where a family of three along with the brother-in-law is vacationing. The narrator is the nervous wife, whose small son is enthralled both by the overbearing brother-in-law and by details of the plane crash. Some of the stories capture a vernacular quirkiness, such as "Lester," a stream-of-consciousness narrative by an angry urban dweller who's bitter that he'll never get to see the palm trees of Barbados, or the sky's constellations (the "Big Zipper," he calls one of them), for that matter. Similarly, in "The Beauty in Bulls," two men carry on a perpendicular conversation, one about bullfighting, the other about the rapturous body of a woman, that eventually dovetails into a testosterone-charged assertion of power and might. Murphy's tight, sharp sense of composition and tone renders these short takes more than mere formal exercises. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979312311
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Yannick Murphy is the author of Stories in Another Language, The Sea of Trees, Here They Come, Signed, Mata Hari, and Ahwooooooooo!, a book for children. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a MacDowell Artists' Colony fellowship, she lives with her husband and three children in Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Find Natasha     1
Jesus of the Snow     5
In a Bear's Eye     13
Walls     21
The Lost Breed     27
Into the Arms of the Man on the Moon     37
The Story of the Spirit     41
The Fish Keeper     47
Pan, Pan, Pan     53
Lester     65
The Only Light to See By     71
The Beauty in Bulls     77
Kato and the Indians from Here     85
Aunt Germaine     93
Is This a Land, a Continent, Can It Be Conquered?     97
Lake Mohican     103
The Woman in the Leopard-Spotted Robe     107
Abalone, Ebony and Tusk     113
Legacies     119
Whitely on the Tips     123
Real Enough     131
Our Underwater Mother     135
Delaware     141
Ready in the Night     145
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