By Charlotte Bacon
Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a fantastically crafted selection of tales approximately ladies who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or previous age, in poor health 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 target of attempting to reassemble their lives .
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Mary Ellen says, "Tim, I have to disagree. " The students eye her then, tilting Page 2 back on their chairs. "Don't tilt," Mary Ellen says reflexively. But it is hard to focus on the airy hope of "Easter Wings" again. Mary Ellen begins to explain the homeworkwriting a poem about anger in the shape of an arrowwhen Tim's chair crashes backward. He is on the floor and screaming. " Mary Ellen shouts. " Then at his wrist she sees a flash of bone and blood, but his face has shrunk to something dried and crumpled, like a currant.
Hannah yelled and took Julia's arm. Julia went still, conscious of her sister's fingers on her elbow. Hannah hadn't touched her much this week. Then Julia saw the bird: the tail of the swallow against the towers of rock stretched the perspective open. 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.
She wonders how many people know that if the state lived up to its motto, the Old Man would die. It is thanks to massive surgery with stout wires and superglue each spring that the formation can stand the granite's shifts and swells. Otherwise he'd tumble to the bottom of Profile Lake. "Louise? " Louise asks. "I gotta go. " Mary Ellen half-listens to Louise's rating of Glen as potential Page 7 mate and partner. Louise screens her dates through a fine filter of assessment. She has turned down men because of how they set a table.
A private state: stories by Charlotte Bacon