Total Immersion

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In "The Succession," the members of a prosperous Hawaii synagogue agree on almost nothing. But when the president of the synagogue absconds with a small fortune, far deeper—and more troubling—rifts emerge...In "The Closet," Evelyn's sister flees her family to take up residence in the attic—while the shunned Evelyn finds herself slipping into the waters of her sister's soul....In "Wish List," an expert on terrorism, vacationing at an academic retreat in England,receives a late-night phone call from National Public Radio. Asked for commentary on a hostage situation of which he is ignorant, Ed can whisper only: "It's unspeakable."

Total Immersion

In these and other exquisite stories, Allegra Goodman fills rooms with laughter and voices, captures dinner parties, seaside picnics, academic grudges, shul politics, and the kind of hurts that only families and lovers can know. Featuring two new stories previously published in The New Yorker, Total Immersion is Allegra Goodman's first collection of short fiction—a masterful work from one of the most powerful and eloquent voices on the American literary landscape.


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In this dazzling collection of short stories, replete with razor-sharp perceptions and a sense of high comedy, the 21-year-old Goodman reveals herself to be an accomplished artist. The stories focus ... Read full review

Contents

Onionskin
1
Variant Text
20
Young People
52
Wish List
79
The Succession
117
Retrospective
143
And Also Much Cattle
161
Further Ceremony
196
Fait
220
Total Immersion
238
The Closet
269
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Allegra Goodman’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Slate, and the American Scholar. Named by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, she is also the recipient of a Whiting Award and the Salon magazine award for fiction. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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