This Is about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate

This Is about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate

by Diane Williams

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 47 very short stories here combine poetic voice and a sharp eye for cathectic detail to produce a disorienting portrait of modern--specifically female--angst. From ``Baby'': ``Nobody was making my mouth fall open by running his finger down my spine . . . so I could tell him what I keep--what I have been keeping for so long in my bureau drawer underneath my cable-knit pink crew--so I could tell him what I count on happening every time I take it out from under there.'' Typically, Williams never states what lies hidden; repressed themes course throughout all of these works, shifting language and narrative into consistently startling relations. Existence here is diffracted into familiar images: AM radio pitches; children baying; the silent husband, glacial in his torment. Williams's world is a dark, suburban tract lit by crystalline perceptions--arranged in apparent order like porch lights--that nonetheless explain little of the alarming misery within. This is a debut of great psychological subtlety by the editor of StoryQuarterly. (Jan.)

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