Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories
With this first book of fiction, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part.
"Mule Killers" evokes the end of an era and of a grandfather's dreams when he decides to replace animal power on his farm with tractors. Two restless young girls in "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" live out their last summer of innocence, riding ponies recklessly and spying on their boss and the wealthy women who visit him. In "Phantom Pain," the Tennessee woods are a sliver of what they once were, men now hunt with GPS and cell phones, and the rumor of a dangerous panther on the loose stirs up a small town.
An unexpected vision of the beauty and mystery of life redeems the darkest moments in this stellar debut collection, a book that readers will want to read and reread.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Miccosukee - LibraryThing
Dark at their center, these stories of exquisite longing are about seeking ways to belong to a larger world of nature and love, and finding other things instead. Deep but not self-conscious, beautiful but not precious, these stories satisfy in all the right ways. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LukeS - LibraryThing
I'm going against my policy here, and reviewing a book which I did not finish. The short stories in this collection share a good many qualities, for better and for worse. They all show that Ms. Peelle ... Read full review
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