Bliss and Other Short Stories by Ted Gilley

By Ted Gilley

Winner of the Prairie Schooner publication Prize in Fiction, this bold number of 9 tales introduces readers to an edgy imaginative and prescient and an international during which certainties are demonstrated and located in need of. A Cambodian refugee negotiates the icy waters of yankee social and sexual lifestyles. a tender couple seeks “peak stories” to flee grief, in basic terms to find that they’ve introduced it in addition to them. A teenage lady, not able to stand the approaching finish of her grandfather’s existence, dangers her personal existence in an impulsive act. A man’s fragile carry on truth turns into the major to his discovering, albeit via a terrifying labyrinth, his heart’s wish. The characters in Bliss and different brief tales needs to locate their approach to a fact that, although lower than excellent, is one they could stay with. discovering bliss, it kind of feels, is as a lot approximately ache as approximately excitement, and in Ted Gilley’s writing the invention is often beautiful. (20100901)

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The twins clung to Mother’s legs and howled. Mother sobbed. ” Dad cried out. ” “You make me what I am,” Mother replied. But she went to him, and they went upstairs together. • A couple of weeks later, Mom and Dad took a little vacation, leaving the twins in Michele’s care—not that they needed that much looking after anymore. But we all felt scrambled, breathless. The girls swung with Michele for a week, and her capacity to radiate sunshine was put to the test. I expected any number of thunderclaps upon their return, but reentry was uneventful: Dad was smoothly, loudly affectionate, shouting back at the twins, laughing, sticking out a hey-buddy hand for me to shake—which I took, with real happiness.

Fearing another attack, he flinched—and Sheila slid down and out, leaving him holding the empty top. In a moment she was sprawled on the pavement. She scrambled up and walked quickly away from the car. Breathing was hard, walking was hard. The air she sucked in got tangled in the dry cloth of her throat. Her legs twitched her along like panicky animals on leads. Straight ahead but blocks away rose the trestles of traffic lights and signs. Beyond them, elevated, cars flashed by on the highway. Sheila turned aside.

The twins were barking at Mrs. Claus, who was slinking along the wall. ” Mom hated doing water, and she hated natural light. She wanted to be the one to provide the sun and decide if water would flow. Dad’s smile grew to idiot proportions. “I know,” he said. “But they won’t. They love sunlight. ” 30 Vanishing World “Yes,” Dad said. “Isn’t it wonderful? They want us to do it. ” During the war, Dad had designed and built models for tanks and airplanes and weapons systems. After the war, he worked for a while for General Motors.

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