Little Edens

Little Edens

Stories

Book - 2004
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WW Norton
"Each of Moss's surprising, beautifully constructed, and soulful stories brilliantly illuminates the paradox of paradise."—Booklist
These eight magical stories address the Edenic spaces that people create in their lives and the serpents that subtly inhabit them. In "Rug Weaver" (selected for Best American Short Stories 2001) an Iranian rug dealer makes a paradise of his prison cell by weaving an elaborate rug in his mind. Grieving parents in the title story transfigure a luxury subdivision in southern California into a vision of heaven. And in the novella "The Palm Tree of Dilys Cathcart" an unlikely love story unfolds between an Orthodox Jewish butcher and a lonely English piano teacher, who discovers a hunger for intimacy and ritual as she helps the butcher transcribe the mysterious songs he hears in his head. These and other stories constitute an elegant and richly evocative collection about the complexities of worldly and spiritual desires. Reading group guide included.

Baker & Taylor
An anthology of eight enchanting short stories focuses on the ways in which people change their lives and surroundings by creating Eden-like spaces and the "serpents" that inhabit such utopias, in such works as "Rug Weaver," about an Iranian rug dealer who transforms his prison cell by weaving a rug in his mind, as well as the title story and "Interpreters." 15,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
These eight magical stories address the Edenic spaces that people create in their lives and the serpents that subtly inhabit them. In "Rug Weaver" (selected for Best American Short Stories 2001) an Iranian rug dealer makes a paradise of his prison cell by weaving an elaborate rug in his mind. Grieving parents in the title story transfigure a luxury subdivision in southern California into a vision of heaven. And in the novella "The Palm Tree of Dilys Cathcart" an unlikely love story unfolds between an Orthodox Jewish butcher and a lonely English piano teacher, who discovers a hunger for intimacy and ritual as she helps the butcher transcribe the mysterious songs he hears in his head. These and other stories constitute an elegant and richly evocative collection about the complexities of worldly and spiritual desires. Reading group guide included.
"Each of Moss's surprising, beautifully constructed, and soulful stories brilliantly illuminates the paradox of paradise."—Booklist

Blackwell North Amer
These eight magical stories are about the Edenic spaces that people create in their lives and the serpents that subtly inhabit them; in each case a form of revelation accompanies the threat of expulsion from the earthly paradise. In "Rug Weaver" (selected for Best American Short Stories 2001), an Iranian rug dealer makes a paradise of his prison cell by weaving an elaborate rug in his mind. Grieving parents in the title story transfigure an exotic luxury subdivision in southern California into a vision of heaven. In "Interpreters" a couple working in a re-created colonial village find that the roles they play are more seductively real than their lives outside. And in the novella "The Palm Tree of Dilys Cathcart," an unlikely love story unfolds between an Orthodox Jewish butcher and an English piano teacher as the music they share gradually strips them of their protective covering.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393057126
0393057127
Branch Call Number: F MOS
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 22 cm

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