A Near-Perfect Gift (Michigan Literary Fiction Awards) by Rose Marie Kinder

By Rose Marie Kinder

"[Kinder] writes with the x-ray imaginative and prescient of a Sherwood Anderson, and with the perception of a Freudian analyst, an interpreter of goals, in language that may be in addition suited for the normal folktale or the homeland newspaper as to poetry of the French surrealists. here's a number of brief fiction for our instances: a reflect held as much as the homely information, reflecting again to us the wild insides."

---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge

"I learn A Near-Perfect Gift from begin to finish with out preventing, and, whilst i stopped, stumbled on myself sitting in my darkened workplace, infused with an unforeseen feel of peace."

---Eileen Pollack, MLFA judge

The tales in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve round the usually hardscrabble small-town lifestyles in a single rural village. like all different neighborhood inhabited via the human race, it is a position the place the banal and the unbelievable coalesce, a spot with its percentage of universal tragedies and unusual madmen: a few howl on the moon, whereas others turn into heroes. There are the 2 outdated girls down the road who will be witches and has to be exorcised, and the guy who plucks chickens for a dwelling. it really is in the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the realm that likely small questions---often the sort that kids ask, bobbing up from a kid's imagined knowing of the way the grownup global works---assume an eerie portent: was once snake underneath the woodpile? may a pregnant bat climb out of a gap within the flooring? The solutions by no means stop to surprise.

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