Overview - Amelia Geist, Holly Schenck and Tris Holloway are all broken-in one way or another. In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than 50 years ago. Read more...
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Amelia Geist, Holly Schenck and Tris Holloway are all broken-in one way or another. In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than 50 years ago. A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a separate life of his own in the hills above Silicon Valley, sealed by inertia within the confines of a loveless marriage and shattered by his decision to leave Amelia. The only person who can repair the rift between Tris and Amelia is Holly, a single mother without means, who is trying somehow to mend her life while laid out in a hospital bed, a victim of her own suicide attempt. The stories of Tris, Holly, and Amelia are presented in "Fragile" as broken fragments, woven together by profound truth and an astonishing connection that transcends the boundaries between this world and the next.
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The lovelorn characters in Riske's debut collection are riven by confusion, to sometimes charming, sometimes infuriating effect. In the title tale, Casey Ford, a San Francisco ad executive married for 26 years, flirts with the idea of having an affair; the troubling memories his wayward thoughts arouse render the possible affair more trouble than it's worth, and in the end he realizes he wouldn't have the gumption for it anyway. Similarly timid characters find the thought richer than the deed, such as the college-bound narrator of “Sleeping with Smiley,” a rower who is faced with the perfect opportunity to sleep with the girlfriend of his rowing partner and best friend (moreover, she really wants to) and turns it down. Bill and Jody meet at church in “Just Admit It” and entertain a mutual attraction, only for Bill to tell the crestfallen girl, as he scrambles to think of a suitable line of scripture: “We just got Christian love mixed up with the other kind.” The reader might laugh if the characters were drawn with some depth. (Feb.)