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Search Party

Stories of Rescue
Trueblood, Valerie (Paperback - 2013)
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In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: "If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching," and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who'll require it. Instead, the astonishingly talented Valerie Trueblood has imbued each story with its own depth and mystery, so rescue comes as a surprise to the reader, who is in intimate sympathy for the soul in extremity. And these are diverse characters whose fates, in lesser hands, might be thought of as hopeless: the fired cop turned security guard, the stolid, 19-year-old nurses' aide who will not be going to art school, the cynical radio producer who is dying of breast cancer and on a plane on her way to Lourdes. In these thirteen stories linked by a common transcendent human genius, the writing is confident and clear and original, and often drop-dead stunning, as if the stories are being told by the most casually eloquent among us.
Authors: Trueblood, Valerie
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: Search party
stories of rescue
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2013.
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The finding
The magic pebble
Downward dog
The llamas
Think not bitterly of me
The mouse
Guatemala
The stabbed boy
The blue grotto
Later or never
Street of dreams
Who is he that will harm you
Search party.
ISBN: 1619021498
9781619021495
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