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Through quirky plots, one-of-kind characters, and more than a few twists, the stories in Big Bend examine gentle-hearted men and their relationships. From made-in-heaven meetings to troublesome liaisons, Roorbach's characters experience romance in unexpected, sometimes disastrous ways.

In "Fog," a teenage boy learns hard lessons about canoes, the Gulf of Maine, sex, and love. A struggling young artist goes home for the holidays in search of succor for the stomach—and heart—with poor results in "Thanksgiving." Other stories recount the ultimately disastrous reunion of estranged friends, an unemployed architect's foolish courting with bad company, and a middle-aged rock star's struggle with the urge to settle down. In the tiitle story, "Big Bend," a grieving widower, troubled by his own waning years, is tempted by a seductively attentive birdwatcher no older than his daughter.

Poignant tales of hauntingly familiar situations, Bill Roorbach's stories are full of heart, romance, edgy humor, and the frequently concealed vulnerability of men.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Thanksgiving
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Blues Machine
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. A Job at Little Henry's
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. Taughannock Falls
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. Fredonia
  2. pp. 77-97
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  1. Loneliness
  2. pp. 98-109
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  1. Fog
  2. pp. 110-121
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  1. Anthropology
  2. pp. 122-148
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  1. Big Bend
  2. pp. 149-174
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 175-176
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820346267
Print ISBN
9780820322834
MARC Record
OCLC
855023025
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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