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Last Encounter with the Enemy

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Greg Johnson's latest collection of stories offers insights both subtle and startling into the workings of the human heart, from a child's-eye view of marital strife and a thoughtless betrayal of first love to the expansive reveries of complicated, conflicted adults looking ahead to new lives or back on past missteps and misfortunes. Johnson also delves into his literary roots with tales of imaginary encounters with Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Flannery O'Connor — who, in the title story, ...

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Overview

Greg Johnson's latest collection of stories offers insights both subtle and startling into the workings of the human heart, from a child's-eye view of marital strife and a thoughtless betrayal of first love to the expansive reveries of complicated, conflicted adults looking ahead to new lives or back on past missteps and misfortunes. Johnson also delves into his literary roots with tales of imaginary encounters with Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Flannery O'Connor — who, in the title story, engages in a fierce battle of wills with a precocious eleven-year-old boy. Through it all, Johnson demonstrates his gift for describing that telling detail — a sentence, a gesture, a memory — that instantly reveals a personality, as if illuminated by lightning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801878824
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Johnson is a professor of English at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of ten previous books: the novels Pagan Babies and Sticky Kisses, a collection of poetry, a biography of Joyce Carol Oates, three works of literary criticism, and the short fiction collections Distant Friends, A Friendly Deceit, and I Am Dangerous (the latter two published by Johns Hopkins). He was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1991 and 1997 and is a past winner in the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project. He lives in Atlanta.

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Table of Contents

I Marina 3
Anonymous Girl 12
Last Encounter with the Enemy 26
II The Reliquary 41
Huswifery 59
Bitch 71
To the Madhouse 85
III Oahu 97
The Chinese Box 106
Graveyard Days 121
Double Exposure 141
IV The Poltergeist 159
The Haunted Woman 178
First Surmise 194
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