By Charlotte Bacon
Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a superbly crafted selection of tales approximately ladies who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or outdated age, ill or pregnant. Many come to abrupt discoveries or detect startling secrets and techniques. regardless of their diversity in age and scenario, all percentage the typical objective of attempting to reassemble their lives .
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They are a dark, speckled brown. Two doctors bend to decode the EKG as it spews its spikes and valleys onto graph paper. A paramedic crouches near the monitor where the slight hills of heartbeats blip past. A professional buzz of people in soft-soled shoes surrounds the patient and her shiny gurney, her tubes, her unsteady heart. The woman's lips are flushing blue. " a paramedic calls again and one of the doctors turns around to see what's going on. What's going on is that the heart is giving out.
How could he look at the holes his gun tears in their necks and not notice their blood is the same color as his? Mary Ellen can't stop thinking about the futility of rescue efforts; the crumbling emblem of her adopted state; a marriage she thought was as gray as an old steak at the back of the icebox that turned out to be fresh and bleeding after all. " Louise snorts. "Stop sounding wispy. " "Yes," Mary Ellen says but she doesn't say that the only dishes in her sink are bowls and spoons. She only touches food that can be served in things she can cradle to her chest.
Hand touching hand and seeing it whole. Reveling in contact. In EMT class, Keith announces they will break into groups of three to practice binding soft-tissue injuries on Junior Hans. junior, the size of an eight-year-old, has feet made of foam, but he sports real Keds. Red ones. Mary Ellen works with one of the firefighters and a girl who wears what Mary Ellen thinks of as a Stevie Nicks dress. Keith shows them the assortment of plastic horrors that strap Page 11 onto Hans with Velcro. There are avulsions, punctures and gun-shotsentrance and exit woundsfrom which to choose.
A private state: stories by Charlotte Bacon