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Quickening: Stories Hardcover – January 11, 2011

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This third collection from Wieland (A Watch of Nightingales) features resonant, well-crafted stories of women—and one man—who examine the past to discover truths about the world and themselves. "Some Churches" begins with a woman catching a baby dropped from a window, and later she saves a young boy from traffic, all while remembering time spent with the daughter she gave up years ago. In "La Fenetre," a woman with survivor's guilt returns to her small French town in 1952 to attend the trial of the German and Alsatian soldiers who killed her family and most of the townspeople. "The Girl with the Radium Eyes," told from the perspective of Eve Curie, daughter of scientists Pierre and Marie, shows another postwar trial, that of Ezra Pound. And in "Pound in Venice," a 16-year-old girl briefly meets the writer and his wife in Italy; years later Pound's wife entrusts her with Pound's final manuscript. Wieland's writing is strong, nuanced, and evocative, peppered with moments of unexpected beauty and depth. (Mar.)
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About the Author

LIZA WIELAND has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and a book of poems. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, she has also won two Pushcart Prizes. She teaches at Eastern Carolina University and lives in Arapahoe, North Carolina. 


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870745646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870745645
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,765,248 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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