Bargains in the real world: thirteen stories

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Random House, Mar 6, 2001 - Fiction - 221 pages
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In this finely crafted collection, acclaimed writer Elizabeth Cox examines the lives of common people and how they deal with life when uncommon things happen to them how they accept their fate, sometimes choosing to move on, sometimes not. The stories, many set in the South, deal with questions of loyalty, betrayal, discovery, sexuality, death, birth, and the inner dynamics that drive the choices we make. The characters struggle with a complex mixture of kindness and violence, and their final choices reveal a flawed but finally compassionate humanity. Elizabeth Cox has an extraordinary talent for inhabiting her characters and capturing place, sense, and time. This commanding group of stories will prove unforgettable.

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Bargains in the real world: thirteen stories

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There is an old-fashioned sensibility to Cox's storytelling. Bucking contemporary trends in fiction that rely on pop-culture references and shock value, Cox's gentle prose evokes a Southern warmth ... Read full review

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Thirteen short stories. All of the stories had a touch of sex in them. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments xi
3
Old Court
19
Land of Goshen
43
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Elizabeth Cox is the author of three novels, Familiar Ground, The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, and Night Talk. She is a recipient of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. She teaches writing at Duke and Bennington and makes he home in Littleton, Massachusetts. She has a son and daughter and is married to Mike Curtis, fiction editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

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