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The collector of names : stories

Author: Patrick Hicks
Publisher: Tucson, Arizona : Schaffner Press, [2015] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In his debut short story collection, poet and novelist Patrick Hicks reminds us of one such constant in all our lives--death. In these stories, most of which are set firmly in the heart of the country, the characters, all solid, well-meaning, hardworking people, are beset by tragedies both large and small, natural and unnatural. In the opening piece, "57 Gatwick," which won the 2012 Glimmer Train Emerging Writer
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Hicks
ISBN: 9781936182626 1936182629
OCLC Number: 879248909
Description: vii, 204 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 57 Gatwick --
Living with the Dead --
Wood Shop --
The Lazarus Bomb --
Burn Unit --
Picasso and the Tornado --
Invisible World --
Cabin #5 --
The Chemical Equation of Loss --
Leaving the Hospice --
The Missing --
The Collector of Names.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Patrick Hicks.

Abstract:

"In his debut short story collection, poet and novelist Patrick Hicks reminds us of one such constant in all our lives--death. In these stories, most of which are set firmly in the heart of the country, the characters, all solid, well-meaning, hardworking people, are beset by tragedies both large and small, natural and unnatural. In the opening piece, "57 Gatwick," which won the 2012 Glimmer Train Emerging Writer Fiction award, a terrorist bombing of a commercial airliner over the city of Duluth, Minnesota gives the town coroner a new task beyond the collection and identification of victims' bodies, thus restoring hope to a shattered community. In "Burn Unit," a lone, misanthropic woman who rescues stray and abused animals, in turn rescues her horribly burned niece from a neglectful family and a life of despair. An unpopular teenage girl discovers a hidden talent in the wake of a devastating storm in "Picasso and the Tornado." In the "The Lazarus Bomb," the crew of a B-17 bomber crew flying missions over Germany in WWII is suddenly imbued with the ability to give life rather than rain death. With gentle humor and deft, lyrical prose, this collection demonstrates that, despite these tragedies, unlooked-for miracles do occur"--

"In his debut short story collection, poet and novelist Patrick Hicks (THE COMMANDANT OF LUBIZEC: A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard) considers one unifying theme in all our lives--mortality. Each character who inhabits these stories, most of which are set in Hicks' native Midwest, must confront and accept the reality of death; whether it's from a tragedy that literally falls from the sky in "57 Gatwick;" or a natural disaster in the case of the teenage girl who discovers a hidden talent in the wake of a devastating storm in "Picasso and the Tornado;" or the surreal story, "The Lazarus Bomb, "in which the bombardier of a B-17 in WWII is suddenly bestowed the gift of to restoring life rather than raining death, Hicks demonstrates through these sparely written yet transcendent, luminous tales that our lives can be transformed and enhanced rather than diminished in those final moments. As one character memorably proclaims, "We only borrow atoms. They're never ours to keep.""--

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