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Title:
Lent: the slow fast
Author:
Flythe, Starkey, Jr., 1935-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
152 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Some of these stories previously appeared, in a slightly altered form in the South Carolina review, and others.
Language:
English
Contents:
Lent, the slow fast -- The ice fisher -- For a good time call Matthew -- "CV 10" -- The coalition -- Every known diversion -- Learning Italian -- Walking, walking -- The water cure -- The glass of milk -- Point of coversion.
ISBN:
9780877452744
Format :
Book

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In these riveting stories, the individual is thrown into the larger, insensitive space of war, religion, or so-called progress, where persistence or survival must be supported on the smaller and sometimes socially inappropriate measure of personal beliefs and desires.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The 11 stories in this recipient of the 1989 Iowa Short Fiction Award, well-crafted in plot and vivid in language, form a funny and sad whole that powerfully exceeds the sum of its parts. Characters just embarking on adulthood--as in ``For a Good Time, Call Matthew'' and ``Learning Italian'' and ``The Glass of Milk''--or confronting death and separation, as in ``Walking, Walking,'' are universally motivated by love in a variety of forms, including healthy self-love. Changing relationships, like those in ``Lent,'' ``Every Known Diversion'' and ``The Coalition,'' force characters to reconsider the emotional and sexual discoveries of their youth while foreshadowing a later acceptance of disillusionment and sense of fulfillment. Convincing, likable characters and archetypal experiences enrich Flythe's first--but, one hopes, not his last--book. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved