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The Thing about Great White Sharks : And Other Stories
by Rebecca Adams Wright


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In this collection's richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world--at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend's plants ("Orchids"), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature ("Keeper of the Glass").  Read more...


 
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Overview

In this collection's richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world--at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend's plants ("Orchids"), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature ("Keeper of the Glass"). In "Barnstormers," a futuristic flying circus tries to forestall bankruptcy with one last memorable show. At the heart of "Sheila" is the terrible choice a retired judge must make when faced with the destruction of his beloved robotic dog, and "Yuri, in a Blue Dress" follows one of the last survivors of an alien invasion as she seeks help.

Extending from World War II to the far future, these fifteen stories offer a gorgeously observed perspective on our desire for connection and what it means to have compassion--for ourselves, for one another, for our past...and for whatever lies beyond.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781477821077
  • ISBN-10: 1477821074
  • Publisher: Little a
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 182
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

The 15 stories in Wright's debut story collection cover everything from futuristic flora and fauna to literary farce. What helps this divergent volume cohere is her abiding interest in the emotions that remain constant even as technology, epidemics, and death transform the world we share. Sci-fi buffs will appreciate Wright's humane explorations of the fine line between animal and machine (“Sheila," “Barnstormers") and her evocations of life under alien or Big Brother–type regimes (“What to Expect When You're Expecting an Alien Parasite," “Yuri, in a Blue Dress," “The Thing About Great White Sharks"). Those who prefer realism will find pieces—such as the postwar drama “Poland, 1952" and the wonderfully tongue-in-cheek romance of impersonators of American Romantic writers in “Melville Loves Hawthorne"—that do not even verge on the paranormal. But the stories that shine the brightest contain subtle glints of the absurd: “Orchids," about a woman whose lover's hot-house plants warn her of his demise; “The Space We Share," in which a dearly departed high school boy seems to be leaving messages for his friends in his locker; and “Tiger Bright," whose protagonists inherit Aunt Gertrude's exotic pet only to watch her ghost haunt its enclosure. These wild, fun, challenging stories showcase a promising writer stretching her talents in every imaginable direction. (Feb.)

 
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