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Wake - Beth Goldner

Hardcover Published: 17th July 2003
ISBN: 9781582432694
Number Of Pages: 240

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In her first collection of short stories, Beth Goldner looks at loss-of love, of health, of life-through the lives of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances . The women of Wake are suffering-or have suffered-a profound loss, loss that has left them seeking renewal or perhaps just escape. Sometimes they long for a husband, a baby, a trinket, sometimes for something far more elusive. In the title story, two sisters are slowly losing their parents to mental illness. In "Cardiff-by-the-Sea," a man who lost his sight in Vietnam is reborn through a new relationship with a daughter he didn't know he had. In "Plan B," a woman loses her husband to an affair with a much younger woman-and loses her grip on sanity at the same time. In "Outcomes," we meet a hospice worker who steals an inconsequential token from the patients she watches die, her own strange, unethical, but intimate ritual to the life cycle. This bravura performance from a fresh literary voice, bringing together a diversity of characters in various stages of life, will touch and surprise readers as it reveals some of life's smallest but most rewarding possibilities.

Wakep. 1
Taxi Dancerp. 25
Cardiff-by-the-Seap. 51
Expatriatesp. 67
Waxingp. 85
Farm Wifep. 107
Plan Bp. 123
Outcomesp. 139
Checkmatep. 161
Deep Down to the Bottom of thisp. 179
Bad Ass Bob, a Mug Shot Mug, a Manp. 201
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ISBN: 9781582432694
ISBN-10: 1582432694
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th July 2003
Publisher: Counterpoint,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1