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We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories
by Clare Beams


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Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction, the Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award for a single-author collection

Joyce Carol Oates calls Clare Beams "wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable .  Read more...


 
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Overview

Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction, the Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award for a single-author collection

Joyce Carol Oates calls Clare Beams "wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable . . . a female / feminist voice for the twenty-first century."

The literary, historic, and fantastic collide in these wise and exquisitely unsettling stories. From bewildering assemblies in school auditoriums to the murky waters of a Depression-era health resort, Beams's landscapes are tinged with other-worldliness, and her characters' desires stretch the limits of reality.

Ing nues at a boarding school bind themselves to their headmaster's vision of perfection; a nineteenth-century landscape architect embarks on his first major project, but finds the terrain of class and power intractable; a bride glimpses her husband's past when she wears his World War II parachute as a gown; and a teacher comes undone in front of her astonished fifth graders.

As they capture the strangeness of being human, the stories in We Show What We Have Learned reveal Clare Beams's rare and capacious imagination--and yet they are grounded in emotional complexity, illuminating the ways we attempt to transform ourselves, our surroundings, and each other.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781940596143
  • ISBN-10: 1940596149
  • Publisher: Lookout Books
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 182
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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