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In Cities in the Sea, Maura Stanton taps into the mysterious force of the fairy tale, with its fantastic images and magical narrative patterns. Her stories blur the boundaries between fairy tale and verité, and comment on the art of storytelling. A range of characters -- from a business man to a pianist, from a county coroner to a hardware store clerk, from a Greek immigrant to a Danish artist -- come to discover that the past is a ruined kingdom, lost forever, but still a place to visit in wish, dream, and memory. Throughout her stories, Stanton attempts to wrest a deeper pattern, full of humor and wonder, out of the disturbing events of contemporary life.
Maura Stanton's previous books include the novel Molly Companion and the story collections The Country I Come From and Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling. Stanton is a recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award and a two-time winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epitaph
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Glass House
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Sketching Vesuvius
  2. pp. 15-27
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  1. Applause
  2. pp. 28-42
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  1. Neptune’s Palace
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. Mean Old Daddy
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. Tristan and Isolde
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. Limbo
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. The House of Cleopatra
  2. pp. 87-107
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  1. The Nightingale
  2. pp. 108-118
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  1. Traps
  2. pp. 119-131
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472021666
Related ISBN
9780472113644
MARC Record
OCLC
1017613056
Pages
145
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Open Access
No
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