Clear Cut Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
These 11 essays span continents, culture, and class. Fiction writer and essayist Charles D'Ambrosio inspects manufactured homes in Washington state; tours the rooms of Hell House, a Pentecostal "haunted house" in Texas; visits the dormitories and hallways of a Russian orphanage; and explores the textual space of family letters. He introduces us to a defender of gray whales; the creator of Bisquat, a utopian experiment in Austin, Texas; and a younger version of himself, searching for "culture" in Seattle in 1974. He analyzes the nuances of Mary Kay Letourneau's trial and contemplates the persistence of rain and memory.
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Review: OrphansUser Review - John - Goodreads
Excellent short stories. The general feeling of these stories, which range from love stories to commentaries on justice, is that the author wants to honestly describe our country and he wants to do so ... Read full review
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Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): I'm designing Tin House's edition of Charles D'Ambrosio's Orphans so, for the past month, I've been reading and rereading the essays within. D'Ambrosio's style is a sort ... Read full review