Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Between Camelots

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Between Camelots

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Between Camelots by David Harris Ebenbach. Pittsburgh, October 2005. $24

This year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize is an exceptionally fine craftsman of that difficult and demanding art, the short story. In the title story, "Between Camelots," one character says he spent his teen years and early twenties "going from Camelot to Camelot . . . everybody loves everybody . . . the whole thing collapses again . . . up and down, up and down." Another character responds: "How do you know you're not just between Camelots right now?" They're strangers; the two meet at a party where one waits for a blind date who never materializes. Their interaction is brief but so emblematic of this collection: they're strangers but they illuminate a darkened world with the intimacy of what they reveal. Most of the characters in Between Camelots make observations that sound astute because they are: "Familiar people sound unique, distinct, he thought, because you hear them with more parts of you. …

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