- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Southern Methodist Univ.; 1ST edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870745611
- ISBN-13: 978-0870745614
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When a largely unemployed father in âA Good Boyâ trades his much-needed summer earnings for a hulking satellite dish, everyone knows about it. The same way everyone knows about the shop lady who rests her finger on the scale to drive up the price of cheese in âGalia.â In âSatisfactory Proof,â a budding mathematician completes a prestigious masterâs degree in number theory but fails to recognize the patterns of care and compassion everywhere around him. And in the concluding novella, âCold Snap,â as the town endures freezing temperatures and waits for the central heat to be turned on, the characters we have already met make a satisfying encore appearanceâas the brittle cold pushes them to the edge of reason.
"Phoel transports us to a country where jobs are scarce and men are more in love with their satellite dishes than their wives. Old Mountain is not an easy place to live, but these stories, with their surprising leaps of empathy, make it a pleasure to visit."âMargot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street
"I admire Cynthia Phoel's use of original material, and the skill with which she makes an unfamiliar world real."âAlison Lurie, author of Truth and Consequences
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And what a wonderful surprise I found. Cynthia is a very fine storyteller. Her characters are so vivid and her stories so tight. I couldn't help but be amazed by her ability to penetrate under the skin of the people of this little town and capture their often suppressed but so real emotions. She managed to acutely grasp and depict the relations between women and men, children and parents and how they evolve, where the balance lies or a divide rises.
I felt right at home in the town of Old Mountain surrounded by the people I grew up with.
And was so moved by the tenderness with which Phoel observes their daily fights. I was saddened though that what Cynthia experienced was a time where the struggle for daily survival had taken center stage and left little room for dreams, aspirations and cheer.
Her book is an excellent debut and I can't wait to read more from her.
Again, a highly recommended read. I certainly hope we will be seeing more from Ms. Phoel soon!