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The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake
The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake Elissa Minor Rust 0804010781 9780804010788 These stories take place in an upscale suburb of Portland, Oregon, but they could be taken from any number of similar enclaves across the United S
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The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake by Elissa Minor Rust

These stories take place in an upscale suburb of Portland, Oregon, but they could be taken from any number of similar enclaves across the United States. Infusing stark reality with occasional hints of magical realism, they explore what the American dream means to twenty-first-century suburbanites. In a city where the homecoming queen still makes the front page of the weekly newspaper, ducks caught in storm drains and stolen campaign signs make up the bulk of the crime reports in the papers police blotter. Underneath, though, are complexities that rival those of Sherwood Andersons Winesburg, Ohio. Each of the stories begins with an entry from the newspapers police blotter. Elissa Minor Rust fills in the background to these small, odd events---a headless parakeet found in mailbox, a nude jogger, an alarmingly deathlike discarded teddy bear. Her stories, both humorous and disturbing, dive beneath the clear, hard surface of a community into the murky complexities that swirl beneath. The lake at the center of town is a constant in the lives of this towns people, and it appears and reappears throughout the book as a symbol of wealth and power, of love and loss. The Prisoner Pear offers a rare look inside the heart of middle- and upper-class suburbia. Reading these stories is, as one character observes, . . .like seeing the town from the inside out, as if the lake was its heart and the rest merely its bones and skin.

Author: Elissa Minor Rust

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 193

Publisher: Swallow Press

Publication Date: 2005-12-12

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ISBN: 0804010781


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