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by Nancy Zafris

Download The People I Know: Stories ePub
  • ISBN 0820311928
  • ISBN13 978-0820311920
  • Language English
  • Author Nancy Zafris
  • Publisher University of Georgia Press (March 1, 1990)
  • Pages 176
  • Formats lrf docx docx mobi
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Size ePub 1902 kb
  • Size Fb2 1637 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 110

The People I Know is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life. Whether it's Lorne, perched on a sofa as a wedding party swirls around him, or the elderly Mrs. R of "Morning at the Beach," imagining a career in crime as she sits on the front porch of a Miami hotel, these are people oddly accustomed to the sidelines of their worlds.

Nancy Zafris's characters do not so much hurdle their barriers as contemplate them with varying degrees of humor, regret, and fanciful expectation. Gazing out of his window at a horizon of crushed cars, Bonner Junior fantasizes about working at an I.M. Pei office building instead of at John Bonner and Son Metal Shredders; at the same time, his job allows him to amuse his friends with grisly, embellished stories of human shreddings and wild dogs. In "Meeting in Tokyo," a businessman examines his own attraction and aversion to conformity after taking a young secretary to a "love hotel." For Wendy, born with a strong nose and a Baltic name, cosmetic surgery has brought acceptance but also boredom. Suffering little "deaths of feeling" with each success, she flirts with disaster, with anything that will make her heartbeat "go up to 75 or more." Grace, in "Grace's Reply," prefers to deal with reality through illusion; she blames her son's death on a Navy intelligence operation and sends Pampers to an imaginary grandson.

Ranging from the kiddie bleachers of television's "Uncle Sylvester Show" to the upholstered seats of a Tokyo coffee shop, from a Navy recruitment office to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, these stories enliven the common places of our world. Sad, yet rarely defeated, Nancy Zafris's characters toe the line and sometimes manage to cross it.


The People I Know book.

The People I Know book. She taught a workshop, and did a Q&A along with Frank Soos, one of our hometeam Alaska short story writers, and a previous winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. I attended the Q&A and bought a copy of her 2009 published short story collection: The People I Know.

The People I Know is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life

The People I Know is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life. Whether it's Lorne, perched on a sofa as a wedding party swirls around him, or the elderly Mrs. R of Morning at the Beach," imagining a career in crime as she sits on the front porch of a Miami hotel, these are people oddly accustomed to the sidelines of their worlds. Nancy Zafris's characters do not so much hurdle their barriers as contemplate them with varying degrees of humor, regret, and fanciful expectation.

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The People I Know" is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life

The People I Know" is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life. R of "Morning at the Beach," imagining a career in crime as she sits on the front porch of a Miami hotel, these are people oddly accustomed to the sidelines of their worlds. Nancy Zafris's characters do not so much hurdle their barriers.

The People I Know is a collection of nine stories, told by characters who hover at the edge of life.

Nancy Zafris is an American novelist and short story writer. She has won individual artist's grants, from the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. She was a senior Fulbright fellow, and taught at Masaryk University. She has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Centre College, and Ohio State University.

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Bajinn
The stories did not interest me at all.
Ranterl
These stories read like the petals of a flower-come upon individually, scattered on the sidewalk or in a breeze, they tell of some unknown, casual violence, a tearing-apart- and, equally, of the unseen whole. Together, they become a thing of beauty, fragile and admirable- an evocation, in words, of places and moments that cannot be expressed in any less oblique fashion than longing and recollection. They are at once almost blindingly personal and philosophically universal, and will remain with you for a long time after you're done.