What I Cannot Say to You: Stories

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University of Missouri Press, 2003 - Всего страниц: 173

You are still there in everything I do, watching over me, looking down on me. Sitting beside you on the drawing-room sofa, with Edie on your other side, I hear your deep clear voice above us, your breath ruffling the hair on the top of my head if you turn towards me, and I watch your long hands turn the pages, your rings sparkling in the yellow light.

Set in England, these are stories that explore the basic nature of friendship: how friendships are formed and deepened, how they can be betrayed and lost. There are friendships between children, married couples, sisters, women, and between grandparents and grandchildren. Throughout, these friendships are tested, coming up against outside forces and internal conflicts that alter or destroy them. A dying woman recalls her sexual awakening and the several betrayals that followed, though she is no longer able to speak words of truth to her betrayers; a young girl loses her closeness to both her twin sister and her imagination as she approaches puberty; in "The Outing" Elsie comes to terms with the death of her husband during a day trip to a stately home with her friend Vera. "White Sandals" reveals two seminal episodes in the boyhood of a man grown solitary and misanthropic. Jackson approaches these and other stories with uncompromising social insight and sharp narrative turns, yet the drama is tempered by strong doses of humor and irony. These are quiet stories that creep up on the reader and remain lodged in the mind.


 

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Fifteen debut stories from a native Britisher and poetry critic.Jackson demonstrates wit, compassion, imagination, and a heady interest in the writing process in tales often notable for their unlikely ... Читать весь отзыв

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Darrells Garage
1
On the Road to Greater Bishop
22
Breaking Faith
37
A Small Independence
64
Running Away to Sea
90
Imagining Friends
112
The Outing
136
White Sandals
151
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Vanessa Furse Jackson, a native of England, is Professor of English at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. She is the author of The Poetry of Henry Newbolt: Patriotism Is Not Enough.

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