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The owl that carries us away : stories

Author: Doug Ramspeck
Publisher: Kansas City, MO : BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One is tempted, in describing Doug Ramspeck's new collection, to use the word 'unflinching' - and indeed, these fictions tackle crises that might tempt many to avert their gaze: dead, missing or decamped fathers, tragic accidents, romantic disappointment, childhood trauma, awkward aftermaths of all kinds. The problem is that 'unflinching' gives the viewer, or the writer, special credit for not looking away. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doug Ramspeck
ISBN: 9781943491131 1943491135
OCLC Number: 1028906027
Description: 181 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword --
The owl that carries us away --
The visible world --
Omphalotus Olearius --
Stone garden --
Bonjour Tristeese --
Messenger --
The second coming --
Spring show --
Little dancer aged fourteen --
Water tower --
Crow death --
Slippery Creek --
Ocho Rios --
The world we know --
Old places --
Folklore --
Five grackles --
Old man --
Bedtime story --
Into the woods --
The green bridge --
The old worlds --
Dog memories --
Confessions of a cloud --
Three crows --
Opuntia --
Baobab --
Jamaican snow --
Crow.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Doug Ramspeck.

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"One is tempted, in describing Doug Ramspeck's new collection, to use the word 'unflinching' - and indeed, these fictions tackle crises that might tempt many to avert their gaze: dead, missing or decamped fathers, tragic accidents, romantic disappointment, childhood trauma, awkward aftermaths of all kinds. The problem is that 'unflinching' gives the viewer, or the writer, special credit for not looking away. But flinching is for those who have a choice, and the characters in these spare, close-to-the-bone stories do not. What Ramspeck succeeds in here is to show us, in poignant, lyrical, but never fussy prose, what everyday fortitude looks like, what it's like to look hardship straight in its eye and keep pressing on. These are flawed, sympathetic, fully human characters, and this is a sad, dark, terrific book."--Back cover.

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