One has lost a child and paints her house blue, another has found a not-so-handy man she can t get rid of; one perches in a tree and observes the neighbourhood, and yet another goes off into the woods with Jesus. These are some of the wild pieces that fill Catherine Hogan Safer's remarkable new book, Wild Pieces characters as wry and quirky and heat-wrenching as the short stories in which Safer brings them to life. In language, taut and beautiful controlled, perfectly pitched and witty, Safer creates an array of unforgettable people. She finds the humble beauty in the life of a woman who gathers small pieces of his father s life. At once very funny and very sad, here is the dignity of lives slightly slant. To enter these stories is to engage the wildness, the deep ache, the possibility of being alive.
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