Referred Pain: And Other Stories
"In the title novella, Koslowski, beset by a kind of survivor's guilt, insists to the point of absurdity that his elaborate dental work is emblematic of his immigrant parents' suffering in World War II. In "Francesca," a mild-mannered professor finds himself calmly contemplating incest, and in "Hostages to Fortune," a seemingly conventional couple construct a sadly macabre version of family life. The journalist in "Sightings of Loretta" realizes he has spent years pursuing a chimerical, unfulfilled romance, while oblivious to his own wife. Several of the stories take place in the surreal realm of fantasy itself; "Deadly Nightshade" is a whimsical conjecture about the first woman brave enough to eat a tomato, long considered poisonous."--BOOK JACKET.
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Referred pain: and other storiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In her latest collection, Schwartz manages to mingle domestic intrigue and surreal fantasy, tragedy, and black humor. In the title novella, dental work consumes the American son of two Holocaust ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jeannine504 - LibraryThing
Very interesting collection of offbeat short stories -- psychological "why done its". Read full review