By John Blair
Selected by means of Elizabeth Hardwick
It is tough to work out what lurks underneath the skin of a muddy river, an alligator-infested lake, or a John Blair brief tale. The deep currents that force a demure, religious, church-going lady to shoot her husband; the ripple influence of a middle of the night rendezvous at church formative years camp that is going slightly—then horribly—askew; the sinkholes which could swallow Porsche dealerships—or marriages; what's dredged up in American Standard can't simply be forgotten.
Set quite often in crucial Florida, Blair’s tales are full of humans residing lives of disquieting longing and obdurate isolation. For them, this is often the yankee usual, as ubiquitous and undistinguished as vitreous china toilet fixtures.
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