Secret Lives: Stories
Catherine Browder’s second story collection is characterized by the striking range of narrative voices she brings to bear—from that of a bilingual Hispanic social worker, to an immigrant Russian Jewish chemical engineer, to a young Japanese immigrant, to an American woman living in Japan.
In “Silver Maple,” a sheriff’s wife is jailed for threatening a city work crew preparing to cut down her beloved maple; in “Pizza Man,” a Ukrainian emigré learns the hard way about the perils of his new delivery job; in “Fusada the Archer,” a tall, blonde American woman married to a Japanese businessman has apprenticed herself to a traditional archer; and in “Amnesty,” a Mexican-American social worker is unable to maintain a professional distance from two young Mexican brothers seeking asylum.
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