Necessary Lies

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BkMk Press, University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2006 - Fiction - 199 pages
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Fiction. Bakken's territory in this debut collection of short stories is the degraded suburbs of Long Island, where the small acts of neglect and violence often lead to more insidious, though necessary, lies, lies necessary to sustain intimacy and love. "Fully imagined, deeply felt, remarkably alert, and powerfully realized, the stories in NECESSARY LIES are all about finding the truth," writes Frederick Busch. "Ms. Bakken's storytelling turns the clumsiness of human need into remarkable grace."

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Contents

The Effects of Light
11
Eggs
41
Vigil
69
Remains
89
Necessary Lies
121
The BodyLove Problem
151
Renters Guide to the Hamptons
173
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About the author (2006)

Kerry Neville Bakken teaches at Allegheny College and lives in Meadville, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, and Cimarron Review. After growing up on Long Island, she earned degrees from Colgate University and the writing program at the University of Houston. Necessary Lies is her first book.

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