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The Eight Foot Woman (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Ducker
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After a chance encounter with an old friend, a once-promising basketball star decides to attend her high school reunion. Compelled by a mixture of curiosity and regret, she leaves behind a stable--if not entirely comfortable--life and returns to the depressed Appalachian town where she grew up. But the trip home is more difficult than she expected, complicated by her feelings about the past and the catastrophic event that underlies her present.

Matthew Ducker is a short story writer and novelist. He has published work in Five Points and The Orange Coast Review and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Amazon.com Review

Matthew Ducker's short story "The Eight Foot Woman" tells of a self-pitying husband and wife, Trevor and Cheryl. They began dating in high-school and become more committed after Trevor suffers a disfiguring accident. Out of love and pity, Cheryl gives up a college basketball scholarship to stay with him. Multiple facial skin grafts and a bulging eye keep Trevor ashamed of his appearance, and he's given a name to the expression of shock people have when they see him for the first time: "Swallowing their face." Cheryl, who's  6'1" and can dunk a basketball even when she's drunk, narrates the story. She's often digging into life's unsolvable problems--the compromises of marriage, the tolls of resentment, and regrets of paths not taken. For those who like short stories, this one features economical prose, steady pacing, rich characters, and delightful turns of phrase, along with a high-school reunion scene that is worth the price of admission. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 132 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AXXY5K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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The sweet taste you get popping a wild strawberry into your mouth is about the same sensation you get from Matthew Ducker's Kindle Short "The Eight Foot Woman."

Both are a quick treat, sugary and with just hint of zing to savor. Both are more of a delight because you only get to enjoy them infrequently. At once affecting and affectionate, the story's last sentence is especially pleasing.

But back to the beginning: Married to one another, Trevor and Cheryl are two slightly off-kilter beings, people a little mismatched with life who are absolutely meant for each other. He's a mechanic who has recently lost his job in a transmission shop. She works in a fitness center. They live in northern Virginia in a typical American town populated with the type of "dutiful churchgoers" who "attach an ichthys symbol to their mailbox so even the postal carrier knows how devout they are."

He was disfigured in an accident the night of their high school prom. He was severely burned and she was responsible. He has a name for the reaction people get the first time they see his scars and bulging eye, an expression he calls "swallowing their face."

She's a six-foot, one-inch Amazon - I imagined a larger-than-life Daryl Hanna - who gave up a promising basketball career to commit herself to her injured husband and soul mate.

Both have drawn into themselves. Both have wasted something of their lives and both carry around a burden of guilt along with the realization that "if wasted potential is a shame, then it's a shame that everybody knows well." They're mutually dependent, yet distant.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down July 11, 2011
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This isn't a very happy story, but I liked reading about the development of two people who don't seem to be a very good fit for each other and who share a marriage nonetheless. The characters, even in their self-pity, made me think about life just a little bit differently. I wish there were more stories available by Mr. Ducker -- I'll eagerly await his next publication.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the end July 11, 2011
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I loved the end, because I feel that Trevor had no feeling for his self, but I know that he loved his wife. She knew that it was some space between them, and she reached across the table and removed his hand from the dead battery, giving him something alive to hold instead. This kindle Single is one of the best; I could not put it down. Love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that breaks your heart, then heals it July 24, 2011
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It's incredible to discover a fresh new voice in fiction. I wasn't sure if I was reading a love story or a horror story, and the amazing thing about "The Eight Foot Woman" is that it turned out to be both. Thank you, Kindle Singles, for introducing me to Matthew Ducker. And Matthew Ducker, if you happen to read this, I hope you're writing more. I'll be on the lookout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life July 24, 2011
By Nicole
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I really enjoyed is short story, I found that Matt really captured life in it. It is complicated and sad with bursts of small happy moments. The couple seem to be riding the roller coaster through it all, holding their own, yet holding on to each other as well. An easy inspiring read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Bittersweet August 12, 2011
By SC Lady
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This story hits on something very deep that many of us are familiar with. It tells of the pangs of regret and bittersweet acceptance that you feel when you realize the tradeoffs that you have made in your life that have caused you to end where you are. If you have ever felt the resentment of inappropriately placed obligations from your youth, when you tried to do the right thing and it ends somewhere that you never pictured yourself, you will understand this character's journey. The resentment, but then ultimate acceptance of not being able to be anywhere other than where you are, and how it can cause you to shut off and shut down, and end at a place where you don't recognize yourself, or your own life. It definitely struck a chord with me. I am looking forward to reading more by Matthew Ducker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would you do for love or...? September 2, 2011
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I really liked this Kindle Single. The main character is a tall woman who falls in love with her high school sweetheart. She accidentally disfigures him in a fire that she caused. The woman turns down an athletic scholarship at an Ivy league school to stay with her now-disfigured boyfriend, turned husband.

Fast forward several years and the woman attends their high school reunion WITHOUT her husband. It's a story that well-written and easy to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read August 11, 2011
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I liked it. I grabbed the novel on a whim because I liked the cover. I would recommend it to others as a good little read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not much of a story, more an installment.
Promising but not fulfilling.
Having a minimum for a review is not a good thing shame on you for that.
Published 4 months ago by whats this
4.0 out of 5 stars The eight foot woman
I was not impressed. I thought there would be more to the story. I felt like it left you wanting more
Published 6 months ago by Ruthann
4.0 out of 5 stars good read but too short
I enjoyed reading the story and felt sorry for Treavor. wish there was more to the story. much too short
Published 14 months ago by Reba
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more of his work...
This is brilliant. (This was just as wonderful as your bestman speech.) My only complaint is that I wish it were longer so I could go on reading. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Annie Kohl (wedding photographer)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoyed reading this book - it was well done - and I will look for more books witten by this author
Published 16 months ago by Joe K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & different
A great quick read that's different. I look forward to more like it. Worth both the time and the price.
Published 17 months ago by Teri
2.0 out of 5 stars The Eight Foot Woman
I didn't care for this and thought it was kind of a silly story. I found it boring, a waste.
Published 18 months ago by Reader916
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eight Foot Woman
An interesting and quirky story that was entertaining, thought provoking, and not without humor. It was an enjoyable little read.
Published 20 months ago by janequinn
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not much to this story. Went nowhere, except to dwell on her husbands injury. Very boring and very short, thank goodness
Published 23 months ago by AVIDA
2.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless
I felt this story lacked much emotion or passion. The words were lifeless. I felt like there was a story here, but it was like reading the beginning of a novel that takes awhile... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by J23
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Matthew Ducker is a short story writer and novelist. He has published work in Five Points and The Orange Coast Review and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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