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Foreign Climes: Stories

Foreign Climes: Stories

by Lucy Ferriss
Foreign Climes: Stories

Foreign Climes: Stories

by Lucy Ferriss


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How far do we have to travel to come face to face with ourselves?

Foreign Climes is a collection of short stories linked by place, or more exactly by the strangeness of new places, new territories both geographical and psychological. It proceeds from a young person's sense of boundaries to an older person's breaking through boundaries-and then beyond, to a voice that constructs the world by way of possibilities both found and left unexplored.

Some of the stories take their protagonists literally to strange, unsteady ground. A teenaged narrator travels from leafy North Carolina to the desert to engage in battle against a boy he calls "Minnesota," a stand-in for a greater battle against his parents' dissolving marriage. A young Pashtun woman from northern Pakistan finds herself in cold New England amid the overwhelming landscape of her own desire. An American working abroad struggles to find her place in a relationship that seems unbound by language.

Other stories encounter alienation closer to home. A swaggering poker shark confronts a brutality unleashed by the exploitive nature of his world. A woman leaving her marriage finds an entire life in the lineaments of a house she'll never inhabit. A mother crosses a chasm to reach a son steeped in mania.

"People don't change," the poet Charles Olsen wrote. "They only stand more revealed." These stories reveal the heart and the potential of the people within them by thrusting them into those places of discomfort and exhilaration that leave us all naked before the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944467340
Publisher: Brighthorse Books
Publication date: 08/15/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lucy Ferriss grew up in St. Louis and attended Pomona College (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA). She has received a number of awards for her writing-the NEA fellowship, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Gold Prize in the Novel, the Mid-List First Series Award, and others. She is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College in Hartford. Foreign Climes is the 2020 winner of the Brighthorse Prize inShort Fiction.

Table of Contents

Minnesota 13

The Garage 32

Atlantic City 45

Luxembourg 58

The House of My Other Life 72

Concorde 86

Foreign Climes 93

From the Roof 108

Sunset District 125

Old Man 144

The Road Taken 161

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