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Cake : stories

Author: Tristan Davies
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003.
Series: Johns Hopkins, poetry and fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Impressionistic and dreamlike, the stories in Cake explore the complexities of love and relationships in contemporary society. Linked by a sense of regret, these characters are at the mercy of their desires and uncertain longings, often with disastrous results. A young couple experiences town politics, group dynamics, and their own insecurities through a seemingly innocuous holiday ritual in "Snowflake." "Talent  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davies, Tristan, 1963-
Cake.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606013037
Online version:
Davies, Tristan, 1963-
Cake.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)607002709
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tristan Davies
ISBN: 0801874149 9780801874147
OCLC Number: 51060243
Description: 154 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Andromeda --
Talent show --
A night dive --
Crazy yvonne --
Buena vista notebook --
Grouper Schmidt --
Personals --
Snowflake --
Night --
She is the mother of the cat --
Alias --
Job --
Snapdragon --
Counterfactuals --
On the night before her birthday --
Cake --
In the woodlands --
Dan, Astrid says --
Alfalfa valve --
The thing itself.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins, poetry and fiction.
Responsibility: by Tristan Davies.
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Emotionally taut and infused with poetic imagery, Cake is a bold debut and a portrait of the crisis of the modern relationship.  Read more...

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Always intriguing, Tristan Davies's stories depend less on plotting than feeling, less on tangible images than impressionistic moments... For readers who would like to try stories that break the Read more...

 
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