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At Danceteria and Other Stories Paperback – November 15, 2016
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This collection is a beautiful and illuminating read, and I look forward to Walker's next foray into fiction.
In “Jackie and Jerry and the Anvil,” probably my favorite of the seven stories, Jackie Kennedy Onassis observes, “If I were you, Jerry, I’d do it all. I’d do everything.” We feel the “if” viscerally, knowing Jackie O could not, in fact, do everything, and Walker’s prose makes us nostalgic for all the bits of everything we have never done either.
Each of our moments, each of our realities, can only be experienced by us, and maybe by listening to and understanding the parallel lives of those around us, we can come to a better understanding of the world in which we live.