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River Talk
by CB Anderson


Overview - Fiction. Women's Studies. Described in a Kirkus starred review as "a triumphant, probing debut with literary and mass market appeal," RIVER TALK introduces an unforgettable array of characters. A woman reconsiders her decision to enter a polygamous marriage; an Iraq War veteran struggles to reclaim compromised relationships; a taxidermist plies his trade to woo the woman he loves; a Somali refugee takes a job at the local mill to support her family.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fiction. Women's Studies. Described in a Kirkus starred review as "a triumphant, probing debut with literary and mass market appeal," RIVER TALK introduces an unforgettable array of characters. A woman reconsiders her decision to enter a polygamous marriage; an Iraq War veteran struggles to reclaim compromised relationships; a taxidermist plies his trade to woo the woman he loves; a Somali refugee takes a job at the local mill to support her family. In surefooted and emotionally deft prose, Anderson explores loss and desire, regret and hope. Everywhere we are reminded of all that a single life contains.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936196463
  • ISBN-10: 1936196468
  • Publisher: C&r Press
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 236
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Anderson's debut story collection features the mill towns of Maine and their denizens. Taxidermists, bartenders, hunters, and fishermen fill these pages, with attention given to both their labor and their private lives. Marriages are largely unsuccessful, and children rarely emerge unscathed. Anderson's work has two modes—brief, clever tales, such as "Pipe" and "Baker's Helper," which read more like outlines or exercises than stories, and rich, lengthier pieces, in which Anderson provides room for her characters and their conflicts to develop. The strongest stories include "Mavak Tov," in which Kat DiMarco, renamed "Ranya" after she joins a cult, fears that her husband is using her brain-damaged daughter to attract publicity. Ranya attempts an ineffective escape by canoe, which Anderson depicts with compassion and grace: "Her leave-taking will be much like her arrival—heedless and alone." In "The Geometry of Words," Usha, a college student, understands that two classmates are in love as one uses his sweater to dry rainwater from another's hair. Anderson seizes on such moments to showcase her strength: clear, unhurried, confident prose with no intentions of showing off. Though Anderson's settings are similar, she introduces a range of people—from Korean War veterans to Somali refugees—each carefully crafted, each bearing a measure of dignity. (Apr.)

 
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