and other short stories
The stories collected in Dreaming Mother into Existence seek to pay homage to the art of the short story, being suggestive, textured, varied. While the august and elegant novel carries complexity to substantial length, the short story may choose to provide succinct attention to theme, sudden turns of plot and startling epiphany. Nor is meaning neglected. In this volume, such stories as Once I saw the Calypso Star and The Overlooked Man note the random in life. The Pumpkin Eater, The Story of My Creativity, and “…It’s All in your Mind” describe resistance to this existential fate. Chocolate Cake and Aunt Beatrice seek to illume life-affirming transcendence.
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