• Title: Night Sounds and Other Stories
  • Author: Karen Gettert Shoemaker
  • ISBN: 9780802313379
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Night Sounds and Other Stories A woman recalls the freedom and power of childhood games a surprise anniversary party goes awry when the husband is hospitalized and the fault lines and strengths of a family are laid bare a teacher r
    A woman recalls the freedom and power of childhood games a surprise anniversary party goes awry when the husband is hospitalized and the fault lines and strengths of a family are laid bare a teacher rediscovers her calling amidst unthinkable tragedy a lonely woman recognizes her responsibility to her sister s troubled life in this collection of stories the prose andA woman recalls the freedom and power of childhood games a surprise anniversary party goes awry when the husband is hospitalized and the fault lines and strengths of a family are laid bare a teacher rediscovers her calling amidst unthinkable tragedy a lonely woman recognizes her responsibility to her sister s troubled life in this collection of stories the prose and passion of life are brought together in ways that show both the complexity and the simplicity of living Told against a Midwest background, they focus mainly on women s experiences, yet nonetheless reflect universal conditions.This is what makes Karen Gettert Shoemaker s style so affecting and her stories so appealing They capture those small moments in life, a passing glance or a child s smile, the night sounds of crickets or clocks, and celebrates them, delights in their ordinariness These stories show the importance of knowing the preciousness of this life, whatever form it takes These are simple stories, told with a grace and elegance that belies their joyful art and craft.

    One Reply to “Night Sounds and Other Stories”

    1. This collection has a wonderful way of demonstrating intensely emotional experiences for the characters in apparently ordinary happenings. You know exactly the simple surface thing that has just occurred, but you have no question as to the significance of that surface event. Marvelously understated, you feel what is happening rather than just comprehending. The characters are reflective without stooping to nostalgia. Very rich stories.

    2. As with all short story collections, I enjoyed some stories more than others. But what impressed me the most with Shoemaker's writing is that it dug in, hid under my skin, and keeps popping up throughout my days and nights. And, ultimately, I think that's what any writer hopes for--to haunt their readers.

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