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Title:
Other people's love affairs : stories
Summary:
In the ten luminous stories of D. Wystan Owen's debut collection, the people of Glass, a picturesque village on the rugged English coast, are haunted by longings and deeply held secrets, captive to pasts that remain as alive as the present. Each story takes us into the lives of characters reaching earnestly and often courageously for connection to the people they have loved. Owen observes their heartbreaks, their small triumphs, and their generous capacity for grace. A young nurse, reeling from the disappearance of her mother, forges an unlikely friendship with a local vagrant. A young boy is by turns dazzled and disillusioned by a trip to the circus with a family friend. A widower revisits the cinema where, as a teenager, he and an older woman shared trysts that both thrilled and baffled him. A woman is offered fragile, uneasy forgiveness for a cruel act from years ago. And in the title story, a shopkeeper's vision of the woman she loved is upended by the startling revelation of a secret life. Surprising and powerful, and in the classic tradition of fiction by James Joyce, William Trevor, and Elizabeth Strout, Owen's interconnected stories strike a deep and resounding emotional chord.
Contents:
Lovers of a kind -- At the circus -- Virginia's birthday -- A romance -- What is meant to remain -- A bit of fun -- Housekeeper -- The patroness -- Other people's love affairs -- The well sister.
Physical Description:
1 online resource (225 pages)
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,
Electronic Access:
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Publication Date:
2018
ISBN:
9781616208837
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
Call Number:
EBOOK
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