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Sometimes the opposite of love is not hate, but depravity. In these twelve stories set in the Missouri Ozarks, New Orleans, and Mississippi, Steve Yates reveals lovers clawing back from precipices of destructiveness, obsessiveness, cruelty, vanity, or greed. They seek escape and yet find new barriers, realizing true love may not be at all what they imagined. Pioneers, limestone quarry owners, young German American Civil War survivors, bankers, sex toy catalog designers, highway engineers, Pakistani terrorists, attorneys, missile guidance masterminds, and furniture factory workers (who can see the future) populate these pieces. From the Ozarks of the 1830s, when locals perceive doomsday in a historic starfall, to the near future at an all-night slow-pitch softball tournament when Armageddon looms yet again, these stories chart the dark side of love, the ties that bind families, and the sweet complications of human desire.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Starfall
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Pleasures of the Neighborhood
  2. pp. 20-43
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  1. Homecoming
  2. pp. 44-65
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  1. New Father
  2. pp. 66-80
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  1. Hunter, Seeker
  2. pp. 81-103
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  1. The Fencing Lady
  2. pp. 104-121
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  1. Forgery
  2. pp. 122-135
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  1. The Green Tomato Marquesa’s Night of a Thousand and One Triumphs
  2. pp. 136-163
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  1. Tuesdays at the Center for Excellence
  2. pp. 164-185
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  1. Report on Performance Art in One Province of the Empire, Especially in Regard to Three Exhibitions Involving Swine
  2. pp. 186-208
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  1. Coin of the Realm
  2. pp. 209-245
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  1. Mila Joins the Game
  2. pp. 246-256
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Prize, Back Cover
  2. pp. 259-BC
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613762646
Related ISBN
9781625340276
MARC Record
OCLC
847527037
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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