Read this and Tell Me what it Says

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University of Massachusetts Press, 1995 - Fiction - 142 pages
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Here are the lives of rural people struggling to make sense of the isolated and often intensely religious worlds in which they live. Marie, a young wife and mother, recalls the effects of a statutory rape trial on her small community. Stuart, a devout teenage boy, dares to rename himself "Start, " the only significant thing he has ever done without first consulting God. Widowed Eliza discovers her husband's ghost in the bathroom, flipping through pages of the Popular Mechanics magazines she had thrown out after his death.

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User Review  - berylweidenbach - LibraryThing

I don't usually read short story collections preferring instead the more complete characterizations in novels. But I have really enjoyed Ansay's other novels so thought I would give this a try. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Found this and knew the author from her debut novel. These stories are beautifully written but all have a sadness about them. The characters are often limited by circumstances, often religious. The ... Read full review


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A. Manette Ansay is the author of eight books, including Vinegar Hill, Midnight Champagne (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Blue Water. She has received the Pushcart Prize, two Great Lakes Book Awards, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the University of Miami.

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