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Garden for the Blind
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In Garden for the Blind, trouble lurks just outside the door for Kelly Fordon’s diverse yet interdependent characters. As a young girl growing up in an affluent suburb bordering Detroit, Alice Townley witnesses a tragic accident at her parents’ lavish party. In the years that follow, Alice is left mostly in the care of the household staff, free to forge friendships with other pampered and damaged teens. When she and her friend Mike decide to pin a crime on another student at their exclusive high school, the consequences will reverberate for years to come. Set between 1974 and 2012, Fordon’s intricately woven stories follow Alice and Mike through high school, college, and into middle age, but also skillfully incorporate stories of their friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers who are touched by the same themes of privilege, folly, neglect, and resilience. A WWII veteran sleepwalks out of his home at night, led by vivid flashbacks. A Buddhist monk is assaulted by a robber while seated in meditation. A teenaged girl is shot walking home from the corner store with a friend. A lifelong teacher of blind children is targeted by vandals at the school she founded. Garden for the Blind visits suburban and working-class homes, hidden sanctuaries and dangerous neighborhoods, illustrating the connections between settings and relationships (whether close or distant) and the strange motivations that keep us moving forward. All readers of fiction will enjoy the nimble unfolding of Fordon’s narrative in this collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. The Great Gatsby Party 1974
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Use Everything in Your Arsenal 1980
  2. pp. 15-35
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  1. Lucky 1985
  2. pp. 36-58
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  1. The Guest Room 1986
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. A Shift in the Weather 1990
  2. pp. 81-106
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  1. Trees from Heaven 2003
  2. pp. 107-124
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  1. Opportunity Cost 2006
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. The Vagaries of Love 2007
  2. pp. 145-168
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  1. In the Hermitage 2010
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. In the Museum of Your Life 2011
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Garden for the Blind 2014
  2. pp. 209-234
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 235-235
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