By Charlotte Bacon
Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a superbly crafted number of tales approximately girls who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or previous age, ill or pregnant. Many come to abrupt discoveries or come across startling secrets and techniques. regardless of their variety in age and state of affairs, all percentage the typical objective of attempting to reassemble their lives .
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Vast was the only word, a word used back East to talk about the size of debts or fortunes, not scary gaps in the earth. Julia was about to tell her sister she wanted to go when Hannah ducked below the rail. The Spaniards muttered. Hannah turned and motioned at Julia to join her. The mothers gripped their children's wrists and bustled off, leaving the American sisters to their craziness. People always knew they were sistersthe eyes, the long, mussed hair, like neither of their parents, but quite exactly like the other.
Tender. " Dawn says to Bruce and gently passes Hans's spongy body over. " When Dawn says that she's working part-time at a vet's office, Mary Ellen runs a hand through her hair and raises a field of static that causes several strands to levitate like nervous antennae. For the first time, Mary Ellen understands what might push Frank to the woods with a gun. Legal annihilation. Sanctioned stalking. And underneath that, the desire to see what was once alive, wild, and inviolate opened wide and stopped.
Julia's glass had been filled and emptied several times, which kept her from conversation with the hawk-lonely teetotalers studying to be shamans. Others had tried to make more contact. Several members of the women's group had taken both of Julia's hands in theirs and squeezed. "Julia," they said. " Other guests exclaimed how much she and Hannah looked alike then drifted off, in the way of all parties, no matter how evolved the guests. Hannah was talking to a man about a school-board election. Others were arguing about how to block zoning for a Wal-Mart.
A private state: stories by Charlotte Bacon