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The Eight Foot Woman (Kindle Single) by [Ducker, Matthew]
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Length: 23 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AXXY5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The author is adept at surprising with small revelations, perfectly described details and emotionally revealing moments. The narrative voice is strong and sweeps you along instantly into a riveting story. It feels so real. The married couple's relationship goes through convolutions, and you think you know where it's going, but you don't. Great epiphany.
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