CAUTION Men in Trees
Publication Year: 2000
Published by: University of Georgia Press
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... one-on-ones where they lock horns, do these everyday equivalents of Piper Cub open-cockpit wingovers (years back when his wits were quicker and his feet still good, Red flew supply drops and the U.S. mail into Nevada mountains and deserts, was expert in the Great Basin the way you are master of and have down cold ...
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... put his hamstring in their temple. It's a curious way to express what she sees as the voucher of her goodwill, but he understands what she means. J. J.'s not been in Salt Lake City for more than two days in the last five years, did grow up here, though, and his mother was Mormon from the word go, an affiliation she often ...
There's Too Much News
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... summer, the backside of the Appalachians. Family phoned from Nevada, and we kept saying fall came, the leaves dropped, and we learned we had neighbors. That's a good one, they said. One or the other of us on the extension, we said, "Trees here, there, and everywhere, like in Red Riding Hood and slasher ...
The 12-Inch Dog
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... wags my bird finger, and says, "Dupuytreris contracture." The bump's the size and hardness of a kidney bean and is centered inside the top of the V of the M of my life line. I'm working on how to describe Doc to my wife Patty. She'll ask me to. His face looks like it was torn apart and then mended under gunfire. His stiff ears poke out and are stamped crude as ...
Caution: Men in Trees
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... Siegel is all about. Why the movies? Why the full-page spreads in newspapers, five columns deep plus photos? Bobby's father, Lewis, met Siegel. His shop did the sheet metal work for Siegel when he built the Flamingo in '46. Lewis, who's in his seventies, lives with Bobby and his wife. He ...
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... wife Kay live. We're on the frontage road, quarter of a mile across an open field from the freeway. You take a dirt road south of us to get to the houses. There used to be just one brick two-story and a sheep camp back there, both lost under a clump of Chinese elms. Then last summer flatbeds hauled in a shabby, birthday cake ...
Please to Forgive Sloppiness
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... Lyla time and again like something shook from a tree. Life's been, for Stuck, a high-wire act that's left him upside down in untidy corners, feeling lopsided, baleful, his eyes dry and sore, his elbows cut, his nose snotty, and a thumb broken and off-shot for good. It's amounted to the romp and stagger cowboys and ...
It's a Lot Scarier If You Take Jesus Out
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... change of scenery, and it doesn't mean you can't go to heaven, just that according to their plan of salvation you spend eternity in a third-rather-than-first degree of glory, a telestial not a celestial kingdom, the celestial being the glory of the sun, even the glory of God. There was a time when I believed what the Mormons said. ...
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... talked that way. Like an after-dinner speaker. Like he was celibate. We were shooting pool, nine ball. He'd run the table on me, and I was racking next game. He said, "So life goes. Step two builds on step one." He built steps in the air, said, "You climb so high you're looking down like one of those spaceship photos. It ...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2000
Series Title: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction