You seem anxious
Fischer, Anne Margaret
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This collection of stories explores gaps in human communication, the unknowability of others, and the anxiety that manifests from social experience. Many of the longer pieces are rooted in the Lake of the Ozarks, a 92-mile reservoir in rural central Missouri, where a pronounced socioeconomic divide exists between permanent residents and summer tourists. Some of those stories illustrate characters who live and work in the region; others investigate those who have abandoned it in hopes of greater things. The collection's shortest pieces are less specific to person or place but concern similar themes in more experimental forms.
Table of Contents
That's that then -- The cliffs -- Trembling aspens -- Avocados -- How to grieve -- Summons -- Reasons for collecting -- Patient care -- These people -- In the chair -- What is the opposite of lifeless -- Making sense of value systems -- Alice: abridged -- Understanding difficulties -- The shape of desire -- Help -- You seem anxious -- Earlier today: a self-education -- TV witches -- Nurture -- Poor Florence -- 308 Garfield Ave.: a tour -- Taking charge of your stay -- Healthy girls -- How it begins -- Quitting smoking Footholds
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