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The Architect of Flowers
by William Lychack


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The stories in William Lychack s dazzling new collection, The Architect of Flowers, explore the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships and find hope in dark situations. With tiny, precise details, Lychack observes the overlooked moments of everyday life the small failings between parents and children, the long-held secrets in married life.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The stories in William Lychack s dazzling new collection, The Architect of Flowers, explore the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships and find hope in dark situations. With tiny, precise details, Lychack observes the overlooked moments of everyday life the small failings between parents and children, the long-held secrets in married life.
A small-town policeman brings himself to shoot a family s injured dog; an old woman secretly trains a crow to steal for her; a hybridizer s wife discovers the perfect lie to bring her family magically together again. Lychack s characters yearn to re-enchant the world, to turn the ordinary and profane into the sacred and beautiful again, to make beauty serve as an antidote to grief. From ghostwriter to ghost runners to ghosts in a chapel, these stories are extraordinary portraits of life s tender humiliations as well as its sharp, rude jolts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780618302437
  • ISBN-10: 0618302433
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 161


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-12-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lychack's collection is a mixed bag of love and melancholy that too often buckles under the weight of nostalgia. In "Chickens," one of the collection's gems, a pregnant woman's whim to raise chickens plays out unexpectedly after all the chicks but one turn out to be roosters. In "A Stand of Fables," Lychak offers a cute story of a woman from the sea who rewards a luckless fisherman for throwing her back with a bounty of "tiny silver fishes" that spill from his boat to the sand of the beach "with the tinkling sounds of bright silver coins." But with such a slim and unvaried volume, the clunkers really stand out, marked by a monotonous self-consciousness that sometimes comes across, as in "Thin End of the Wedge," like a therapy session monologue. The reader gets the impression Lychack (The Wasp Eater) is still mastering his craft; when he's not overthinking or micromanaging his fiction, he really hits. (Mar.)

 
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