Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories

Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories

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Presents a volume of nine stories that reflects the use of different styles and structures, including a recreation of the tale of Abelard and Heloise during the 1918 New York flu epidemic, and the experiences of a group of war correspondents in France.

From Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling novel The Monsters of Templeton, comes Delicate Edible Birds, one of the most striking short fiction debuts in recent years.

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Lauren Groff presents nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman.

In "Sir Fleeting," a Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon in Argentina falls into lifelong lust for a French playboy. In "Blythe," an attorney who has become a stay-at-home mother takes a night class in poetry and meets another full-time mother, one whose charismatic brilliance changes everything. In "The Wife of the Dictator," that eponymous wife ("brought back...from [the dictator's] last visit to America") grows more desperately, menacingly isolated every day. In "Delicate Edible Birds," a group of war correspondents-a lone, high-spirited woman among them-falls prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. And in "Lucky Chow Fun," Groff returns to Templeton, the setting of her first book, for revelations about the darkness within even that idyllic small town.

In some of these stories, enormous changes happen in an instant. In others, transformations occur across a lifetime-or several lifetimes. Throughout the collection, Groff displays particular and vivid preoccupations. Crime is a motif-sex crimes, a possible murder, crimes of the heart. Love troubles occur in every story-love in alcoholism, in adultery, in a flood, even in the great flu epidemic of 1918. Some of the love has depths that are understood too late; some of the love is shallow and also understood too late. And mastery is a theme-Groff's women swim and twirl batons, become poets, or try and try again to achieve the inner strength to exercise personal freedom.

Overall, these stories announce a notable new literary master. Dazzlingly original and confident, Delicate Edible Birds will further Groff's growing reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781400190706
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ArapahoeStaff11 Aug 27, 2016

These stories are heart wrenching. The title story especially stayed with me for a long time.

Mar 31, 2014

NO STARS. ?Lucky Chow Fun? ? the fate of the servers at the new Chinese restaurant in the fictional town of Templeton say a lot about the inhabitants of the town. ?L DeBard and Aliette? ? this haunting story takes place during the 1918 influenza epidemic and concerns the love story of two champion swimmers, L. DeBard and Aliette. ?Majorette? ? in this story, a little girl suffers a rather horrible childhood and comes of age, making something different of herself. ?Blythe? ? The title character sucks Harriet into a decades-long co-dependent relationship where Blythe takes and Harriet gives, to the detriment of her other relationships. "The Wife of the Dictator? ? the wives of the ambassadors to a foreign country watch with little sympathy as the fate of the unlikely wife of the dictator plays out. ?Watershed? ? a wedding changes a not-so-very-young woman?s life, for the better and then for the worse. ?Sir Fleeting? ? one woman recounts her life-long flirtation with a man named Ancel de Chair. ?Fugue? ? the owners and guests of a small and rather deserted inn are not quite what they seem. ?Delicate Edible Birds? ? this titular story tells the tale of Bernice ?Bern?, a war correspondent, and her fellow, male, correspondent evacuees from the German invasion of Paris. ***** I absolutely hated this book. These stories make Joyce Carole Oates seem like a cheerful author. I found the stories so bleak that I cannot believe I stuck with the book to the end. I guess I kept hoping for one story with positive characters and a redeeming outcome. It never happened. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE.

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