Bright Shards of Someplace Else (Flannery O'Connor Award for by Monica McFawn

By Monica McFawn

In the 11 kaleidoscopic tales that make up Bright Shards of somewhere Else, Monica McFawn lines the combustive, hilarious, and profound results that happen whilst humans misinterpret the minds of others. The characters—an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse running shoes, and poets—often try and pin down another’s perspective, in simple terms to discover that their very own worldview is way from fixed.

The characters in McFawn’s tales lengthy for and worry the encroachment of others. a tender boy reduces his nanny’s mobile invoice with a choice, then convinces her he can remedy her different difficulties. a guy who works at a butterfly-release enterprise turns into dangerously captivated with fixing a recognized mathematical evidence. A poetry professor unearths himself entangled within the research of a murdered pupil. within the ultimate tale, an getting older lyricist reconnects with a well known singer to put in writing an album within the Appalachian Mountains, merely to be interrupted through the looks of his drug-addicted son and a legendary tale of recovery.

By turns exuberant and philosophically adroit, Bright Shards of somewhere Else reminds us of either the boundaries of empathy and its absolute necessity. Our misreadings of others should be unavoidable, yet they themselves may be issues of attractiveness, appeal, and connection.

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