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Heavier Than Air
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Throughout this collection, which was plucked from a pile of 300 manuscripts and awarded the Grace Paley Prize in short fiction, Caspers details the many ways reality can interfere with our dreams. Not surprisingly, dissatisfaction becomes a dominant theme. . . . Many of Caspers's stories are set in Minnesota's cattle and dairy country, and all of them traffic in the kind of Midwestern realism that doesn't rely on pyrotechnics to generate dramatic heat. Throughout, Caspers's people—it's difficult to consider some of them mere characters—question the decisions they've made or the ones they refuse to make. There's nothing flashy about Caspers's prose; like the beauty of the prairie itself, its attraction lies in details seen up close.New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
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  1. Country Girls
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Wide Like an Eagle’s Wings
  2. pp. 25-50
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  1. La Maison de Madame Durard
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. Mr. Hellerman’s Vacation
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. The EE Cry
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. Alfalfa
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. Vegetative States
  2. pp. 107-120
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  1. Mother
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. The Fifth Season
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. Heavier Than Air
  2. pp. 157-172
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  1. Stigmata
  2. pp. 173-186
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