By Daniel Curley
For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men appearing the rituals that result in and clear of marriage. In "The First Baseman," a guy within the technique of getting a divorce falls in love with a participant on a woman's softball group, yet their dialog by no means is going some distance past the topic of her batting general. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back via the dying in their daughter reveals that they can not recreate both their love or their baby. And in "Wild Geese," a man's dream approximately his youth, while flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and eventually shot-through via fevered pictures of a tedious dinner party.
Nature exists as a safe haven in those tales, however it is a shelter normally to be present in the shadow of the phobia of dying; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly global. Demonically sincere and infrequently violently humorous, Living with Snakes tells of a global the place love is at most sensible a touch-and-go kind of factor, the place occasionally women and men are sure jointly now not lots by means of affection as by way of mutual loss, mutual pain.
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Living with Snakes (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Ser.) by Daniel Curley