Beautiful Soon Enough

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University of Alabama Press, Aug 20, 2009 - Fiction - 173 pages
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Winner of FC2's American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

Margo Berdeshevsky’s Beautiful Soon Enough is a collection of hypnotic stories that capture the lives—worldly, sexual, obsessive—of twenty–three arresting women.These are snapshots and collages: stories of women on the outside, looking in; of women content to end their affairs; of young women learning the power of seduction; and of older women reminiscing about past loves. They are women who cannot live without love’s embrace, and women who have found it and feel that it is never enough. They are women of a “certain age,” as the French might say, and women with naked hearts, of any age.Berdeshevsky’s tales cross the planet: from beds in Paris to the roofs of Havana, from Venice Beach to the hills of Dubrovnik. With settings as varied as the characters they depict, these tales illuminate the lives of women desperate for a balance between love, comfort, and freedom. Personal, driven, and lyrical, together they are Beautiful Soon Enough.
 

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Contents

Window
15
Cannibal Notes
19
A Friday Desdemona
25
Retro
35
Before the Second Taste
41
Small Craft
51
For Flame and Irresistible
57
Heart Open as a Jaw
63
Bench
115
Con un Beso de Amor
121
Le Serveur
131
Cage
141
Beautiful soon Enough
147
Undertow
153
Imprint
159
Contract
167

Troika for Lovers
69
Animalia
79
White Wings they nevergrow Weary
89
Pas de Deux À Trois
91
Philomel
101
Donkeys
105
Scissors Paper Rock
171
Notes
175
Acknowledgments
179
About the Author
181
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Margo Berdeshevsky is the author of the poetry collection But a Passage in Wilderness. She lives in Paris.

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