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By Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books

ISBN-10: 1574412914

ISBN-13: 9781574412918

The name, A vivid Soothing Noise, refers back to the sound that fireplace makes, promising not just light and heat but in addition violence and destruction. Brown’s maximum hero is Frank O’Connor, and prefer O’Connor’s his tales discover the ultimate bleakness of a countrywide lifestyles yet within the similar second glow with its promise of affection and existence and belonging. Brown’s americans will test virtually something to attach. they generally tend to drink an excessive amount of, to force too quickly, are a bit too violent of their passions or even a bit too non secular. Too frequently they suspect, they trust—and nevertheless they don’t, based no longer a lot on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. they're consistently at the verge of anything higher. they simply desire a little extra, just a little an excessive amount of, and whereas we as readers wish with all our hearts for them to get it, we additionally worry they may. “This hugely pleasing selection of tales has the scenic depth and caliber of Tennessee Williams's one-act performs. Meet a diverse solid of characters in unusual settings, and revel in their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, writer of April Fool’s Day: a unique and decide quantity 9: Katherine Anne Porter Prize briefly Fiction

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I wouldn’t say I hoped he’d come back. I just said I didn’t know. I hadn’t noticed handcuffs. I hadn’t seen. We were quiet a minute but I had to say something. They were all facing me a long time, then they faced me again when I said, “It was somehow as if that was me in there, in that carseat. ” Then they all looked at each other. Annie almost said something but Alex stopped her, touching her under the table. I started running on then, like I do sometimes when I’ve said too much and then can’t stop.

Poniatowsky looked over at me a few times. ” I stared out the windshield a while and watched the houses and fields and the bleak autumn gardens go past. I watched Sam too from the corner of my eye and said nothing else to him on the way out—whoever he was, he appeared to have become this silence, as if from so many years of practice, it was by now his fundamental truth. He wasn’t acting any more. I couldn’t read that well in the truck. I was distracted by the motion and the thought of a Cuban girl from school named Rachel Gúzman, who had phoned me in the afternoon from her home in Miami.

Poniatowsky as he hobbled around his barnyard waving his hands and shouting about how to move this pig he called Brezhnev. I leaned my chin on the Dutch door and stared into the pen and figured I had more in common with the massive, porcine stud than with those two clowns. Something bestial and at the same time pitifully human about him affected me. How had he survived all these years from one bucket of slops to another? Had he dreamed of suicide? He was The Slaughterhouse 25 in a fix, you could see it in his bloodshot little pig eyes and I knew why Mr.

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