The Things We Do That Make No Sense: Stories

The Things We Do That Make No Sense: Stories

by Adam Schuitema

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We are guilty of actions that make no sense. We perform acts of beauty and acts of ugliness. We give in to hidden ambitions, latent hungers, and clumsy grasps at insight.

At the heart of these stories are the rituals—grand and small—in which we humans partake; the peculiar gestures we hope will forge meaning or help us glean some sort of understanding. They may be formally ceremonial and spiritual, like the imposition of ashes in a darkened church. But often they are secular, private, and bizarre. A woman slipping her son’s old baby tooth into her mouth as he’s led away to prison. A girl in a tunnel playing an invisible piano while bombs ravage the city above. A man with a laser machine, creating a private galaxy to rekindle lost love. A daughter frantically searching a wax museum for her mother’s second self.

The power of ritual weaves through this collection amid lush descriptions and poignant dialogue. And from both the everyday and the sacred, these characters piece together the strange mosaic of life. Set mostly in Michigan, these stories will appeal to those who appreciate literary fiction, especially those with a connection to the Midwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609092184
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 486 KB

About the Author

Adam Schuitema is the author of the novel Haymaker (Switchgrass Books, 2015) and the short story collection Freshwater Boys. He is associate professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

All of Your Vanished Men 3

Peering Through Blinds 17

Witch Whistle 21

Gunplay 45

Racking the Jack Pine Savage 48

Pink Blood 62

Stone Dust 65

The First Seizure 109

Last Year's Palms 111

Third-Down Conversions 124

Virgin Lands 127

Say Hot Really 141

Light Years 143

Coronations 153

Mercy Mercy Me 156

Acknowledgments 177

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