How the Water Feels: Stories

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Southern Methodist University Press, 2002 - Fiction - 183 pages
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"In "The Year Five," Nguyen Van Trinh, one of the boat people who left Vietnam after the war, is living in a squalid refugee camp on Bidong Island. He is as powerless to repress his sorrow over his daughter's death as the Malaysian administrative chief of the island is to find out who carved Trinh's name into the wooden plank in the staff eating hut." "In "The Public Spectacle," Bridget and Owen Greef, two misfits, have been growing apart because of his obsession with chess and Bobby Fischer. They both must come to terms with the fact that they are - as a couple and as individuals - permanent outsiders." "In "Anything You Want, Please," Peace Corps trainee Reuben Gill is led into the malevolent presence of long-term "jungle junkie" (and Peace Corps volunteer) Geronimo Donaldson's companion monkey. In this alien place, Gill finds himself struggling against his own worst impulses, beginning to doubt the strength of his commitment to his stateside fiancee."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Eggers was in the Peace Corps and workded as a UN relief worker in 2 Vietnamese refugee camps in the Philippines and Malaysia. He was born in East St. Louis, graduated from the University of Nebraska, teaches English and creative writing.

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