The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 1997 - Fiction - 138 pages
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The eight powerful stories of The Shooting Gallery examine the lives of single women coping with motherhood, passion, jealousy, and the tug-of-war between responsibility and entrapment.An unwed mother arranges for her children to meet their father, who is a stranger to them. A woman confronts the "other woman" in her lover's life. A young single mother on an outing to the seaside comes face to face with how much she resents her own children. Another woman tries desperately to hold on to a private life despite her controlling male relatives.
 

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Tsushima has been honored in her ) native Japan for her fiction. One novel ( Child of Fortune ) has been translated, but this is her first collection of short stories to appear in English. These eight ... Read full review

Contents

A Sensitive Season
1
South Wind
22
The Silent Traders
35
Missing
91
Clearing the Thickets
107
An Embrace
122
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First published while a student, Tsushima was immediately well received and continues to write novels and short stories prolifically. Her works are characterized by themes of childhood innocence (from memories of her relationship with her retarded brother) and of the emotional barrenness of family life. Tsushima is the daughter of Dazai Osamu.

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