All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories by Lee K. Abbott

By Lee K. Abbott

Listed below are tales approximately fathers and sons, tales approximately women and men, and tales in regards to the relationships among males by means of considered one of our such a lot talented tale writers. The narrator of "The Who, the What and the Why," starts breaking into his personal condo as a kind of treatment after his daughter dies. In "The Human Use of Inhuman Beings," the most personality realizes that his closest dating is to an angel, who looks to him in basic terms to announce the loss of life of family. All issues, All at Once reminds us why Lee ok. Abbott is to be valuable: his ideal pitch for stories of hapless Southwesterners, his manner with sympathetic irony, his eye that skillfully notes the awkward humiliations—common heartbreak, fractured families—and files all of it in lyrical, affectionate language. In stories new and from past collections Abbott examines lived lifestyles and the lies we unavoidably inform approximately it.

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It was raining when they left for Buckingham Labyrinth. Darger stared out the carriage window at the drear streets and worn buildings gliding by and sighed. “Poor, weary old London! ” “It is also,” Surplus reminded him, “to be the making of our fortunes. ” “That is fine advice,” Darger agreed. ” cried Surplus, and said no more until they arrived at their destination. At the portal into Buckingham, the sergeant-interface strode forward as they stepped down from the carriage. ” The sergeant-interface glanced once at Darger, and forgot about him completely.

Darger, motionless, held the modem in his hands. Lady Pamela, who had a sense of occasion, had changed to a low-cut gown of clinging silks, dark-red as human blood. It swirled about her as she hunted through the wainscoting for a jack left unused for centuries. Surplus sat up weakly in bed, eyes half-closed, directing her. It might have been, Darger thought, an allegorical tableau of the human body being directed by its sick animal passions, while the intellect stood by, paralyzed by lack of will.

I am not bigoted about the creature, Darger, I fear him! ” “Get a grip on yourself, Surplus! Be a man! We are in this too deep already to back out. ” “I am anything but a man, thank God,” Surplus replied. “Still, you are right. In for a penny, in for a pound. For now, I might as well sleep. Get off the bed. ” “I! ” “I am groggy of mornings. ” The next day, Surplus returned to the Office of Protocol to declare that he was authorized to wait as long as two weeks for an audience with the queen, though not a day more.

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