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Loving Wanda Beaver Hardcover – September 1, 1995
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Alison Baker, author of the collection of short stories How I Came West, and Why I Stayed, returns with a new collection of highly acclaimed stories and a novella. Baker writes some of the most quirky and hilarious prose we've read, with delightful characters trying to find some equilibrium in a world gone tilt.
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In her second collection of short fiction, Baker (How I Came West, and Why I Stayed) crafts peculiar, improbably winsome tales?six stories and one novella?about disorderly lives. Although she never presumes to resolve her principals' futures, the author is an optimist; her stories generally end when a character finds peace. As in real life, true epiphanies are rare. Yet the remarkable title story features a transcendent resolution romantic enough to merit a sigh: Oleander Joy spends her summers detasseling corn and imagining a cozy domestic life with her crew boss, Wanda Beaver, but she can't gather the courage to approach her. During the off-season, Oleander dreams of her crush and works at the improbably named "Institute for the Study of American Sexual Appetite," where she embodies the commonplace human desire?and dread?of attaining a longtime wish. Baker's other tales aren't quite as unusual as the title story, but most share its climate of fearful expectancy. "Ooh, Baby, Baby" and the novella, "Almost Home," concern divorced men whose animal companions are far more reliable than humans; "The Third Person" introduces a middle-aged lesbian couple, one of whom is trying to downplay her terror of her inoperable cancer; "Convocation" describes a doting mother's sweet but frustrated attempts to console her manic-depressive daughter. Such cheerless scenarios, however, belie Baker's sensitive, bittersweet humor, and the roundabout way that her characters come to accept life's setbacks.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I got least out of "Almost Home" but that may be because I always find the novella an irritating length. Also the impact of Alison Baker's wonderful opening sentences gets lost when a story is too long.
It's 80 pages about a guy whose son has been killed and who has left his wife to live in the woods and commune with something or other. He does encounter a number of Alison Baker type people and animals (a homesick grizzly bear, an intrusive rooster, a bad cat, an elusive cougar, a runaway dog) but I thought the hand of Raymond Carver was heavy and there was too much fine writing like "soggy seedheads of last summer's fireweed and thistle" that uses botanical erudition to give a spurious air of exactitude.(Can you see that seedheads are soggy though a pair of binoculars?)