Drowning Lessons: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short by Peter Selgin
By Peter Selgin
With empathy and wit Selgin introduces us to characters navigating the uneven waters of human relationships. In "Swimming" an avid swimmer fights the stasis in his marriage by way of prodding his out-of-shape yet contented spouse to take in the sport--with near-disastrous effects. A pond is the surroundings of "The Wolf House," which tells of the reunion and dissolution of a bunch of highschool buddies introduced jointly for a funeral. "The Sinking send guy" chronicles an afternoon within the lifetime of an African American caretaker in command of the one final survivor of the mammoth catastrophe. In "El Malecón" a toothless outdated Dominican attempts to recapture his misplaced dignity through "borrowing" a glittery Cadillac convertible and aiming it down the coastal road towards his early life village. In "The Sea remedy" tourists in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula confront dying within the type of a mysterious girl residing in an deserted beachfront house complex.
In all 13 stories in Drowning Lessons, Selgin shows a prepared eye for the forces that push humans toward--and occasionally beyond--their very human limits, forces as intrinsic, elemental, and elusive because the liquid that makes up two-thirds in their our bodies. those tales remind us that of all our bodies of water, none is deeper or extra harmful than our own.
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