Held together by a wealth of images, items, and ideals, these tantalizing tales join Sara, Fritz, Maria, Stevie, Nona, Claudia, and Sam as one. An earthquake appears in each story, reminding us that beneath the surface all is tumult, flux. And while each quake sings of life's unpredictability and precariousness, it is joined by familiar images - player pianos, brass doorknobs, and movie posters - which fall away, often to return, altered. A number of gypsy characters, playing tangential roles at first, become central to the collection's larger story line. When Sara loses her hands after a freak accident in qEver Afterq, she encounters two Gypsy sisters whose scandalous family affairs permeate the rest of the book. In qHearsayq, Fritz, an out-of-work ventriloquist, is haunted by a failed love affair with a Gypsy woman thirty-four years past, and the son he never knew. In the final story of the collection, qTaking Leaveq, the artist Sam leaves his old life behind to start over again, while his wife seeks solace among a group of intriguing women who help her begin anew.The player piano had gone quickly, bought by a pawnshop owner from Spokane, and surely it sat in someone elsea#39;s home ... on the road, Ia#39;d come a long way from my first sheet music with the numbers a no notes, just big red numerals for the chords. ... Some nights I used to wake up in the dark with the volts going through me again. ... My hooks orchestrated a chaos of whirling lovelies, of color and light .
|Author||:||Nance Van Winckel|
|Publisher||:||University of Missouri Press - 1997|