Bet They'll Miss Us When We're Gone: Stories

Marianne Wiggins, Author HarperCollins Publishers $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-016139-2
Powerful, idiosyncratic voices commanding immediately felt emotions distinguish nearly all 13 stories in Wiggins's ( John Dollar ) second collection . Most moving are the tales told by old people--a man struggles to recall the words that will summon up his memory of a friend in ``A Cup of Jo''; a recent widower in ``Balloons 'n' Tunes'' frets angrily with a neighbor while trying to accommodate his wife's last wishes and accept her absence; a woman in ``Shibboletboo'' remembers the childhood cruelty that precipated the muteness of a recently deceased neighbor. Loss and its imminence permeate all these stories by Wiggins, who went into hiding when her then-husband, Salman Rushdie, was targeted for assassination by Islamic radicals. In ``Croeso I Gymru,'' the narrator named Marianne, ``on the lam in Wales'' with her husband, tries to assimilate the unfamiliar customs and language as a way to combat fear. and helplessness. Often unfettered by conventional spelling or diction, Wiggins's stories take us directly to the hearts of her characters, displaying an imposing talent. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
Paperback - 192 pages - 978-0-06-092164-4
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