Temporary Lives: And Other Stories

Ramola D, Author University of Massachusetts Press $24.95 (167p) ISBN 978-1-55849-742-9
In a stunning, multi-layered story collection examining the marginal among us, George Washington Univ. teacher Ramola D (Invisible Season: Poems) offers ten vivid portraits of modern-day misfits. Tackling everything from class struggle to gender issues to interfamily favoritism, D skillfully reveals the story behind each of her protagonists against an often bleak present and glimpses of a fairy tale ending sadly (or ironically) out of reach. Throughout, she proves an insightful storyteller with a poetic knack for evoking the beautiful and the brutal: ""My grandfather Roderick is fastened by one lung to the world."" Though D's supple prose is the main attraction, she also manages to surprise with some of her (typically) melancholy endings.
Reviewed on: 03/01/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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