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Book Title: The Other Door: Stories|
The author of the book: Karen Heuler
ISBN 13: 9780826210418
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.20 MB
Edition: University of Missouri
Date of issue: October 1st 1995
Read full description of the books The Other Door: Stories:Marvelously crafted, slyly sidestepping the reader's expectations, the characters in Karen Heuler's The Other Door respond to the unexpected events in their lives, accepting and then rising to the challenges, no matter how strange. For them, reality requires invention.
In "The Second Coming," the Virgin Mary steps down from her backyard visitations to join the new incarnation of Christ. In "Like a Piston, Like a Flame" a dancer finds a new way to perform after a freak accident destroys her legs, but not her will. The title story, "The Other Door," presents a woman who finds a long- forgotten door in her apartment and upon opening it is led from one surprise to another.
Although many of the stories in The Other Door have qualities reminiscent of traditional fables, they are perhaps more fabulous than fabular. They are contemporary folktales, at times venturing into fantasy while retaining the details of everyday experience and psychological authenticity. As in the best folktales and fables, symbols and suggestions come to life and are often linked to the powers of imagination and memory as a means of reconciling the characters to cycles of life and death.
The Other Door marks the arrival of a writer whose vision is radical, dislocating, and enthralling.
Read information about the authorKaren Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative journals and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales. She has won an O. Henry award, was short-listed for the Iowa Short Fiction award, nominated for Pushcart and Best American Short Story awards, and was a finalist for the Bellwether Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. The New York Times called her first collection, The Other Door, “haunting and quirky.” Her short-story collection, "The Inner City," was listed as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2013. Her novels include "Glorious Plague," about a beautiful apocalypse. Her last book, "Other Places," from Aqueduct Press, shows us women exploring alien worlds here and there, and Aqueduct will be releasing her novella, In Search of Lost Time, this summer. It tells the story of a woman who can steal time, and the underground market in time that wants to recruit her.
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