Let's Do

Let's Do

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by Rebecca Meacham
     
 

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In the nine stories of Let’s Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with—and more often against—change.  See more details below

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In the nine stories of Let’s Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with—and more often against—change.

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Let's Do is a deeply unsettling -- yet always engrossing -- first collection of stories. With stunning translucence, Meacham dissects emotional terrain that is intimate and familiar in characters marked more by loss than good fortune. Estelle, in the title story, used to be "the kind of girl who looked forward to things." Years later, jettisoned by her husband after the death of their infant son, she wonders how she arrived at a point in her life where there are no longer beginnings, just endings.

While the women in Let's Do are hard on themselves, they're also without self-pity. They weather life's quotidian tragedies with grit and determination. But it's not just Meacham's women who are wounded. Bill, in "Good Fences," newly retired and vaguely unhappy, ponders where a line has been crossed after meeting his new neighbor, a young single mother. For other men, like Carter in "The Assignment," such reflection turns malevolent when his girlfriend, frightened by a near-assault, demands that he attack her so that next time she'll be better prepared.

Meacham's stories have a novel's heft; crafted with immediacy and candor, they reveal her uncanny precision in locating those points from which to propel her characters to a different and unexpected place -- a place where there's no second-guessing, and all bets are off. (Spring 2005 Selection)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411850
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction Series, #3
Pages:
181
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author


An Ohio native, Rebecca Meacham received her MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, and in 2002, was awarded the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction and the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. She lives with her husband in Wisconsin, where she is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Let's Do 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She was a great professor, and an even better writer. Her first book lives up to her ability, and I am proud to say that I was able learn from her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each character was truely brought to life in these stories. Each one like someone we all could be but don't want to be. I look forward to reading more from this new author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A kiss laced with arsenic. The evocative grace of her language thrilled me. The unveiling of a major talent.-- The Capital Times, Madison, WI