In this Book

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The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under extreme duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over again. In another story, a woman who wakes up mornings only to discover she's been shooting heroin in a night trance, meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach.  Most of the characters are displaced and disturbed; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. The settings—Florida, eastern Washington, Seattle, and the Oregon coast—mirror their lunacies. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of themselves might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be just what they need.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Anne Porter Prize Winners, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Honey
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Night Train
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. Void of Course
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. The Expense of a View
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. Three of Swords
  2. pp. 45-56
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  1. Thinking About Carson
  2. pp. 57-64
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  1. Compliance
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. My Old Man
  2. pp. 77-90
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  1. My Doppelganger’s Arms
  2. pp. 91-104
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  1. Festival
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. How to Make an Island
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. Blue Plastic Shades
  2. pp. 135-154
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  1. The Grandmother’s Vision
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. The Island of Cats
  2. pp. 161-171
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574416572
Print ISBN
9781574416473
MARC Record
OCLC
964412364
Pages
196
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
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