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9780803228030

Trailer Girl and Other Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803228030

  • ISBN10:

    0803228031

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

In this stunningly original collection of seventeen short stories, Terese Svoboda navigates a terrain of alienation and loss with searing, poetic prose. "I talk like a lady who knows what she wants," begins the vagrant narrator of the title story. She insists there's a wild child hiding among the cows in the gully near her home. Others in the trailer park think it's just herself she's chasing, but no one helps her sort out the truthuntil there's a murder. Stark and disturbing, "Trailer Girl" is a story of cycles of child abuse and the dream to escape them. In "Psychic" a clairvoyant knows she's been hired by a murderer, in "Leadership" a tiny spaceship lands between a boy and his parents, in "Lost the Baby" a partying couple forget where they dropped off their baby, and in "White" a grandfather explains to his grandson how a family is like a collection of chicken parts. Frequently violent, always passionate, these often short short stories are not the condensed versions of longer works but are full-strength, as strong and precise as poetry.

Author Biography

Terese Svoboda is the author of five volumes of poetry and four novels, including Tin God (Nebraska 2006), and, most recently, a nonfiction book, Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret from Postwar Japan, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. In 2006 she won an O. Henry Award for her short story “80’s Lilies.”

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