All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories by Lee K. Abbott

By Lee K. Abbott

Listed here are tales approximately fathers and sons, tales approximately women and men, and tales concerning the relationships among males by way of considered one of our such a lot talented tale writers. The narrator of "The Who, the What and the Why," starts off breaking into his personal residence as a type of remedy after his daughter dies. In "The Human Use of Inhuman Beings," the most personality realizes that his closest courting is to an angel, who appears to be like to him purely to announce the dying of household. All issues, All at Once reminds us why Lee ok. Abbott is to be valuable: his excellent pitch for stories of hapless Southwesterners, his approach with sympathetic irony, his eye that skillfully notes the awkward humiliations—common heartbreak, fractured families—and files all of it in lyrical, affectionate language. In stories new and from earlier collections Abbott examines lived existence and the lies we inevitably inform approximately it.

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As a result of childhood illness, I have been stunted and wizen all my life. He lifted his hand to a point about eight and a half feet above the ground. ’ “ ‘I am delighted to hear that. Actually, I am gifted with second sight in compensation, I think, for my unfortunate puniness of physique, and somehow I am certain that my little sister will win the competition. For some strange reason,’ he went on, ‘my little sister has taken a girlish liking to you, and my brothers and myself would feel lower than hound dogs if she were disappointed.

Therefore I will ask you to line up in alphabetical order so that each one of you may kiss me in turn. ’ The worst that can happen will be that you will get a lot of eager kissing. “Hmm,” said Theophilus. “Why not? ” He licked his lips and then pursed them and made practice kisses in the air. “I think I could manage. ” I said, “On the whole I think not, Theophilus my friend. You should be willing to exert some effort in this cause. ” “Perhaps you are right,” said Theophilus, never one to cling to his view in the face of advice from one who could recall copious experience in such matters.

You should be willing to exert some effort in this cause. ” “Perhaps you are right,” said Theophilus, never one to cling to his view in the face of advice from one who could recall copious experience in such matters. It was about this time that I had to venture out of town on business and it was not until a month had passed that I met Theophilus again. It was in a supermarket and there he was pushing a cart that was moderately filled with groceries. The look on his face smote me. It was a hunted one, as he looked this way and that.

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