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Quickening: Stories Hardcover – 2011

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“A deft, fleet, and luminous collection of stories. Liza Wieland has a gift for culling extraordinary prose from the ordinary human moment; ultimately we see that no human life is merely ordinary. It was a pleasure to read these stories, and to feel myself in the presence of somebody who can tell me, jaded reader as I am, some things I don’t know about this world.”—Cynthia Shearer, author of The Celestial Jukebox
From the opening story in Liza Wieland’s third story collection, in which a literary translator reflects on her first marriage, to the last, a poetic evocation of a daughter’s love for her mother, lyrical yet realistic portraits of women unfold. Caught in revealing and cathartic moments, her characters, both historical and invented, find themselves at emotional crossroads: a young girl encounters the elderly Ezra Pound in Venice; Marie Curie’s daughter Eve attends the funeral of her mother’s lover in Paris; a woman survives the 1944 Nazi massacre in Oradour, France; a nun in New York City catches a baby dropped out a window; a U.S. college applicant performs sign language at poetry readings.
"Liza Wieland writes of discord with such harmony and wisdom that even the bad things that befall her characters feel limned with wonder and grace. For all its wonderfully realized tensions and conflicts, Quickening is an oddly hopeful and redemptive book.”—Michael Parker, author of Don’t Make Me Stop Now


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870745646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870745645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,960,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shortcuts Inc on October 17, 2011
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English is my second language, and I admit, I don't understand poems or song lyrics... and I used to love poems in my native Hungarian.
This book is written in a language that you have to hang on to allow it to wash over you, get you wet, awaken your inside, deep, where rhythm, music, drum circles, dance live, beyond words.
I read it totally mesmerized, crying from being moved.
There is story, there are stories, but instead of reading stories, the kind of writing only a poet or a poem translator can do, took me into the heart of what is happening, and I cried part of the story, not at the story... if that makes any sense.
Prepare to be washed away, lifted up, twirled, twisted, knotted by the music of this book.
Wonderful experience.
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