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Fire Road
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Stephen Mann-- loyal son, war veteran, divorced father--is the subject of Donald Anderson's contemporary short-story cycle, Fire Road. In this award-winning collection, Mann negotiates life's punches through gain and loss, love and death, and the all too random dangers of being human. Woven between each personal story are poetic vignettes of isolated moments-- the headlines in a morning paper, a political murder--and the century's most violent tragedies--the bombing of Hiroshima, the firestorm at Dresden. Each vingette is a constant, powerful reminder of the human capacity to love and, ultimately, to destroy. A bruising view of one man's tumultuous journey through life, Fire Road explores the small and large crimes we all commit in the name of love and fear, despair and longing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. My Name Is Stephen Mann
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Quotidian
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Wonder Bread
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. The Art of Fiction
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. Weather
  2. pp. 42-47
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  1. Scaling Ice
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Would You Feel Better?
  2. pp. 50-53
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  1. Bliss
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Barrie Hooper’s Dead
  2. pp. 56-72
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  1. Twenty Ways to Look at Fire
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. Fire Road
  2. pp. 78-97
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  1. Fathers
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. The Peacock Throne
  2. pp. 100-116
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  1. The End of Times
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. Barrie (cont.)
  2. pp. 119-133
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  1. mav•er•ick
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. Baby Teeth
  2. pp. 138-143
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  1. Luck
  2. pp. 144-157
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  1. Barrie (cont.)
  2. pp. 158-166
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  1. sab•o•tage
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. Accident
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 191-195
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  1. Epilogue (cont.)
  2. p. 196
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