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Listening To Mozart, Charles Wyatt Jan 1995

Listening To Mozart, Charles Wyatt

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

With all the drama and complexity of a symphony, Listening to Mozart traces forty years in the life of flutist James Baxter. Many of the stories in this collection—actually a novel in stories—center on or revolve around James' relationship with Anna, a potter and artist. Each story is a separate movement, yet they combine to create a deeply textured whole work. The stories chronicle James' inward journey, as well as his life and loves, with a voice repeatedly transformed through the years.

“Bach Suite”serves as a prologue and deals with the split in consciousness that often accompanies ...


Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen Jan 1995

Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1968 Michael Mullen, a graduate student in biochemistry, was drafted; in 1969 he was sent to Vietnam as a foot soldier in Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf's Charlie Company; and in 1970 he was killed by the same “friendly fire” that destroyed thousands of other lives during the Vietnam War.

Back home on the family farm in Iowa, his parents made his death a crusade to awaken all parents to the insanity of war. C. D. B. Bryan's Friendly Fire and the TV movie of the same name documented these dramatic years, and Peg Mullen became a national symbol ...


In My Father's Study, Benjamin S. Orlove Jan 1995

In My Father's Study, Benjamin S. Orlove

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1921 Solomon Orlovski, a Russian Jew born in 1904, emigrated to America and transformed himself into Robert Orlove, a pattern maker in two senses of the term: during the day, he worked in the fur trade in New York and Chicago, making patterns for toys and hats; in his private life he became a self-taught artist who created prints, sketches, and collages in his study. More than sixty years later his son Ben—an anthropologist educated at Harvard and Berkeley—walked through the doorway of the deceased Robert's study and began to explore more than a half century ...


May You Live In Interesting Times, Tereze Glück Jan 1995

May You Live In Interesting Times, Tereze Glück

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Obsession, adultery, infidelity, unrequited love, suicide, betrayal, death—Tereze Glück's clear-sighted characters coolly assess their actions and reactions. When a man's wife dies suddenly, he feels liberated, and learning this stuns him. Taking a leap into personhood, a child watching her mother in the garden experiences empathy. A woman addicted to a lover realizes how she has squandered herself. A kiss in a taxicab sets two people on the road to inevitability. Scars, even small ones, reflect the power and mystery of the roads people take from one life into another. In the intense title story, suicide, long-distance ...