Small Spaces Between Emergencies: Stories

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Mercury House, 1992 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Small Spaces between Emergencies explores the ways people find the strength to plunge back into life after pain and trauma. In "Turnaround," Ed, who has fled from life's responsibilities, arranges to meet Jonas, the young son he has not seen in six years. Although they meet at the Greyhound terminal like strangers, Ed and Jonas emerge triumphant from their past, teaching each other the patience and self-assurance to trust their respective roles as father and son. In "Leaving by the Window," Matty and her father drive from state to state, traveling through the landscape of memories that make up her father's life. To escape his quixotic tales of the past, she runs away, seeking her own adventures. When her father comes to retrieve her, she tells him her stories, but leaves out the pain and humiliation she endured. As they realize that there are stories they cannot share, both reach a new level of understanding and acceptance.

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This collection of short stories is extraordinary. Moore describes the common and sometimes inevitable hardships that invade everyday life; then, as the title implies, she inserts a small space where ... Read full review


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Alison Moore teaches fiction writing in the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program. She is also the publications director for ArtsReach, a non-profit agency that teaches creative writing to Native American children. Moore has written the novel Synonym for Love and several short fiction pieces that have been included in her collection, Small Spaces Between Emergencies. Her writing has also appeared in Ms. Story, Southwest Stories and The North American Review. Moore is the recipient of a 1993 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded the Martindale Literary Prize in Arizona.

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