The Damsel Fly: And Other Stories
Ravenna Press, 2007 - Fiction - 91 pages
A widower filches an identity and finds himself enthralled by a damselfly; a young couple on honeymoon in the Alps are lured to implacable heights; an old man, confused and alone, is adrift in the storied streets of an ancient city. Invoking a strong sense of place, Barbara Kremen explores in three stories themes of inquirers and voyeurs; the relationship of species, insect and human; the dispossession of age; and the beauties and distortions of the imagination. Novelist and critic Frank Lentricchia, the Katharine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University, firmly places the author in the company of the small American "pantheon of unpredictably original writers." Reproductions of original collages by artist Irwin Kremen accompany the three stories.
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