American Originals: A Novella and Short Stories

American Originals: A Novella and Short Stories

American Originals: A Novella and Short Stories

American Originals: A Novella and Short Stories

Synopsis

The novellas and stories in American Originals convey the power of the West Texas desert to swallow people—literally, or through the rituals of labor, or through the raptures of ecstatic vision, induced by blessings or madness—and people’s ability to forge connections in spite of extreme conditions. Each piece in this thematically-linked collection assumes a unique shape, whether poetically compressed, echoing (only to break) the contours of mystery stories, or redolent of the forms of classical prayer. The Texas of AMERICAN ORIGINALS becomes the landscape of strife and hope, struggle and love, lost and found. The characters in the stories and novellas here learn, sometimes the hard way, the truth of T. S. Eliot's insight that the "end of all our exploring" in life is to "arrive where we started" and to know, for the first time, who we really are. Saints and sinners, and the blurred lines between them, drive these spare narratives set in the plains and deserts of Texas.

Excerpt

I should have liked to see you, before you
became improbable
.—Emily Dickinson, 1863

Dear God … You are the slim crescent of a
moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow
that keeps me from seeing all the moon
.
—Flannery O’ Connor, 1946

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