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Plain of Jars
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In the opening story of Geary Hobson’s riveting new collection, Plain of Jars, a young private confides to his friend that he’s trying to leave the Marine Corps. “I am not doing this just because I find the Marine Corps too tough,” Warren Needham says, but because violence is contradictory to his faith. The story’s surprising climax, however, reveals a different side of Needham’s contradictory nature. It’s this acute understanding of conflict that characterizes Plain of Jars, a book populated by bullies, men in combat, abusive spouses, and Native Americans seeking a sense of personal identity in an environment where conformity is law. The U.S. Marine Corps sets the stage for a number of these stories, whose protagonists combat racism, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and the looming reality of the Vietnam War. With pitch perfect dialogue and a sense of the unexpected, Plain of Jars tests the depths of complex lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. i
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Go Little Stories
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. The C.O.
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. The Odor of Dead Fish
  2. pp. 11-24
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  1. Shin Splints
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. Plain of Jars
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. A Truckload of Dead Babies
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. Moogerman
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. An Attitude of Dignity
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. Creative Writing
  2. pp. 113-140
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  1. Standing-In for Fritz Scholder and Yoko Ono
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. A Christmas Story
  2. pp. 157-194
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  1. Marlene
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. Hollow Horn
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. Kyrie Eleison!
  2. pp. 219-232
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  1. Live Coverage of the Induction Ceremonies at the Inauguration of the Serial Killers Hall of Fame
  2. pp. 233-260
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