In this long-awaited debut volume, Jay Merill brings together her poignant stories of everyday life. Merill's narratives are charged with restless energy, her characters seek to come to terms with disappointment, ambivalence and compulsion. Merill's stories explore themes of transcendence, change and escape, often at odds with a fast-changing, indifferent world. In 'Beacon' Tilly lights candles on her dead plant to show the way to a better future. In 'WatchTower', Clara copes with her life by imagining she is a character in a play. Jay Merill's distinctive writing captures every nuance of the tiny moments that transform us.
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This stuff is strikingly unique and is surely destined to occupy a place of prominence in the annals of short fiction. These stories have a certain urgency about them and from the get go, the reader is helplessly drawn into a dreamy coexistence with transformative characters who are in a continuing sequence of revelations. One soon becomes aware of a driving thirst for connectivity and validation as Merill begins to deconstruct layered realities of our fragile relationships with others and the world at large. Even the shortest in the book, 'Tango' is no light weight. Within the confines of three pages, Merill masterfully transports you from despair to elation without missing a beat.