Hardback
September 24, 2014
9781625341334
English
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Bewildered

Stories

"This is a world of secret-sharers, a noisy world full of unimaginable silence," claims one of the characters in this compelling debut collection. The ten stories in Bewildered examine small-world disruptions—mistimed infatuations, devastating diagnoses, the realizations inherent in loss. Characters look up from what they assumed were ordinary lives amazed to discover where they find themselves.

Familiar landscapes—city streets, coastal towns emptied of tourists, suburban neighborhoods—are backdrops for unfulfilled dreams: the luckiest man alive arouses the suspicions of those he most wants to befriend, a grieving lover invites herself into another's life, a young girl discovers her tea leaves reveal nothing as life-altering as those of her friend, the straying husband pays a debt for his and his son's obsessions.

The stories ask: Can you live any way forever? What links them is what links all of us: the desire to belong, the need to heal, the fear of what happens next.

About the Author

Carla Panciera is the author of two collections of poetry, One of the Cimalores and No Day, No Dusk, No Love. She has published fiction, memoir, and poetry in several journals, including the New England Review, Nimrod, Chattahoochee Review, and Carolina Quarterly. A high school English teacher, she lives with her husband and three daughters in Rowley, Massachusetts. You can read her blog at http://carlapanciera.com/

Reviews

"Apart from range in Bewildered, the level of excellence lies in the ways in which the author navigates so many different kinds of territories—first person, second person, third person, the canted realities of childhood, the accumulating losses of middle and even old age. The writing is always economical without ever being minimal."—Pam Houston, Grace Paley Prize judge and author of Contents May Have Shifted: A Novel and Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories

"Panciera's first foray into fiction is a strong debut."—Publishers Weekly
University of Massachusetts Press
Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction

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