A private state: stories by Charlotte Bacon PDF

By Charlotte Bacon

ISBN-10: 1558491147

ISBN-13: 9781558491144

Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a superbly crafted choice of tales approximately girls who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or previous age, unwell or pregnant. Many come to abrupt discoveries or discover startling secrets and techniques. regardless of their diversity in age and scenario, all proportion the typical objective of attempting to reassemble their lives .

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Then she remembered that Hannah's last Christmas present was a family of three wooden armadillos, which had looked uneasy in their new home next to the schooner in a bottle. Hannah ate bulgur instead of turkey and spoke of vortices that generated healing winds. Their father drank a lot of martinis and shrank further into his chin. For him, life beyond New England already had a shimmer of unreality; he sniffed the teas and spices Hannah brought as if they might be illegal. " He did not say she might miss them.

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. " Mary Ellen repeats loudly from the floor. She turns to face the huddled students: "The nurse, I mean," she yells. " They don't know what she wants: Jesus, the nurse, to stay, to go.

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. " Mary Ellen repeats loudly from the floor. She turns to face the huddled students: "The nurse, I mean," she yells. " They don't know what she wants: Jesus, the nurse, to stay, to go.

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