By Daniel Curley
For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men acting 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 workforce, yet their dialog by no means is going a long way past the topic of her batting normal. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back via the demise in their daughter unearths that they can not recreate both their love or their baby. And in "Wild Geese," a man's dream approximately his youth, whilst flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and eventually shot-through by means of fevered photos of a tedious dinner party.
Nature exists as a safe haven in those tales, however it is a shelter commonly to be present in the shadow of the terror of demise; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly global. Demonically sincere and occasionally violently humorous, Living with Snakes tells of an international the place love is at top a touch-and-go type of factor, the place occasionally women and men are certain jointly no longer rather a lot via 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