Granta 118: Exit Strategies

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John Freeman
Granta, Feb 2, 2012 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Be it a wrong turn, a bad relationship, a debilitating illness or a war, every action creates a reaction, every move is followed by another move. How do we get out of what we've gotten ourselves into? Granta 118 zooms in close on the phenomenon of the exit strategy. In a new story, Alice Munro writes of an elderly woman whose attempts to care for her husband are undermined by her own deteriorating thought processes; Claire Messud searches for her father's past in Beirut, Lebanon as he lays dying in a hospital in the US; and Aleksandar Hemon remembers the importance of smuggling his family's dog out of war-torn Sarajevo. Exit Strategies also features new writing by John Barth, Gish Jen, Ann Beattie, and newcomer Chinelo Okparanta - examining how we get ourselves out and the repercussions that follow. Hindsight is 20/20, but it's what we do moving forward that defines us and - in the best of all worlds - redeems us.
 

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Contents

POEM ADRIENNE RICH
THIRTY GIRLS
CITY BOY
SUMMER
THE INTERROGATION
POEM ISHION HUTCHINSON
AMERICA
THE ISLAND
ANECDOTES
46
POEM SOPHIE CABOT BLACK
54
BONFIRE
55
IN SIGHT OF THE LAKE
61
THE END?
69
WAR DOGS
73
CONTRIBUTORS
80
WINTER 2012EVENTS
82

THE PROVINCIALS
17
THE BEGINNERS GOODBYE
35
POEM PAULA BOHINCE
45

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John Freeman has been editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-Mail and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent.

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