DISASTERS IN THE FIRST WORLD

DISASTERS IN THE FIRST WORLD

Stories

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
This collection of thirteen short stories uses actual and imagined disasters as a backdrop to tales about siblings with an incredibly fragile relationship, a woman dealing with a drought both physically and emotionally and a superstitious spouse dreading misfortune. Original.

Perseus Publishing
Olivia Clare’s delightfully strange and tender debut collection traces the impact of larger-than-life forces on everyday people. From siblings whose relationship is as fragile as glass, to a woman grappling with both an emotional and physical drought, to a superstitious spouse fearful of misfortune, Disasters in the First World explores the real and the imagined, environmental and man-made calamities, and the human need to comprehend the unknown.

In “Pittsburgh in Copenhagen,” a man and a woman confront infidelity and estrangement as they share one last night together. “Pétur” tells the tale of a son who takes his mother on an Icelandic vacation only to be stranded there by a volcanic eruption. “Rusalka’s Long Legs” follows a young girl’s treacherously long walk through the woods with her unpredictable mother. And in “The Visigoths,” an older sister finally breaks through to her idiosyncratic brother.

With precision and grace, the thirteen stories in this collection capture the fragility of troubled lives caught in disrupted turbulence, moments of connection—no matter how fleeting. Through these intimate, profoundly moving worlds, Clare’s voice rises as a distinctive new American storyteller.


Baker
& Taylor

"Olivia Clare's delightfully strange and tender debut traces the intersection of larger-than-life forces-natural and otherwise-in our daily lives. From siblings whose relationship is as fragile as glass, to a woman grappling with both an emotional and physical drought, to a superstitious spouse fearful of misfortune, Disasters in the First World explores the real and the fantastical, environmental and man-made calamities, and the human need to comprehend the possible, the probable, the unknown. Deeply nimble and perceptive, Clare delves into the tumultuous depths of human emotion as well as the messiness of relationships, unmasking the most revealing moments of connection-no matter how fleeting. In "Pittsburgh in Copenhagen," a man and a woman confront infidelity and estrangement as they share one last night together. "Petur" tells the tale of a son who takes his mother on an Icelandic vacation only to be trapped together in close quarters by a volcanic eruption. "Rusalka's Long Legs" follows a young girl's treacherously long walk through the woods with her unpredictable mother. And in "The Visigoths," an older sister finds a way to break through to her brother who struggles to fit in. With outstanding precision and grace, the thirteen stories in this collection uncover truths beneath both actual and imagined disasters. They each exist as exquisite and mysterious universes-and through their intimate, profoundly moving worlds, Clare's clarity of voice rises as a distinctive and masterful new talent"--
A collection of short stories traves the impact of larger-than-life forces on everyday people, including a couple confronting infidelity, a son taking his difficult mother on an Icelandic vacation, and an older sister breaking through to her idiosyncratic brother.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Black Cat,, 2017
Edition: First edition, First Grove Atlantic paperback edition
ISBN: 9780802126610
0802126618
9780802189578

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