Talking in the Dark: Stories

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HARCOURT BRACE & Company, 2002 - Fiction - 228 pages
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The stories in Talking in the Dark read like small novels: the worlds they imagine are that layered and complete. Each examination of the underside of love-from endurance and betrayal to sacrifice, obsession, and abandonment-evokes images of lowered voices and shared confessions. The deepest chords of intimacy echo throughout this moving and, finally, hopeful book.

A single mother, haunted by loneliness and self-doubt, sleeps with her daughter's teenage boyfriend, and, in a scene of frightening family tension, turns her rage not toward the husband who abandoned her, but toward her daughter. A young tennis player experiencing her first love becomes the victim of a young man's dangerous obsession. An elderly widower becomes the target of a materialistic younger woman.

Laura Glen Louis's language is spare and precise, sometimes filled with the subterfuges of desire and need, sometimes vibrant with the hope of love's birth or rebirth, sometimes counterpointed by tenderness and alienation. Hers is a new voice, but one that arrives fully mature--incisive, unsparing, and enlightening.

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Louis, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for her first short story in 1990, here presents a stunning new collection. Like their author, who emigrated from Hong Kong at the age of six, many of ... Read full review

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Contents

Thirty Yards
75
Rudys Two Wives
113
Talking in the Dark
121
Copyright

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Laura Glen Louis won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in 1990 for her first short story. Her second story, "Fur," was selected by Tobias Wolff for Best American Short Stories 1994 and "Her Slow and Steady," was a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 1997. Louis emigrated from Hong Kong at the age of six, and lives on the West Coast.

Laura Glen Louis won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in 1990 for her first short story. Her second short story, "Fur," was selected by Tobias Wolff for "Best American Short Stories 1994," and "Her Slow and Steady" was a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 1997. Louis emigrated from Hong Kong at the age of six and lives in Northern California.

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