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Bliss and Other Short Stories : Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction - Ted Gilley

Bliss and Other Short Stories

Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction

Paperback Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780803232617
Number Of Pages: 136

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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, this daring collection of nine stories introduces readers to an edgy vision and a world in which certainties are tested and found wanting. A Cambodian refugee negotiates the icy waters of American social and sexual life. A young couple seeks "peak experiences" to escape grief, only to discover that they've brought it along with them. A teenage girl, unable to face the imminent end of her grandfather's life, risks her own life in an impulsive act. A man's fragile hold on reality becomes the key to his finding, albeit through a terrifying labyrinth, his heart's desire. The characters in "Bliss and Other Short Stories "must find their way to a truth that, though less than perfect, is one they can live with. Finding bliss, it seems, is as much about pain as about pleasure, and in Ted Gilley's writing the discovery is always exquisite.

"Ted Gilley's stories serve up to us the natural world in all its ravishing and pastoral wonder, a world that's always pulling at the sleeve of protagonists keenly attuned to its comforts and solace. They need that solace, for they feel peripheral to the agendas of those they care about most, so that for all their capacity to love, too often for them togetherness is still a knot always untied. These are wise and accomplished stories." Jim Shepard, author of Like You'd Understand, Anyway "Gilley's radiant stories are intensely imagined; they offer wide-angle inclusiveness of setting and a full range of finely crafted viewpoints. Deceptively plain diction melds with unexpected, rich turns of phrase: figures that delight and strengthen---like hidden girders in a soaring structure---this deft and memorable collection." Stephen Sandy, author of Weathers Permitting "Bliss and Other Stories is a great collection by a gifted writer." - Kevin O'Kelly, Boston Globe

All Hallows' Eve; Bliss; Vanishing World; White; House of Prayer; Physical Wisdom; Mountains of the Moon; Invisible Waves; The End Zone

ISBN: 9780803232617
ISBN-10: 0803232616
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2