Horse and Cart: Stories from the Country

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From Publishers Weekly

In this slim volume, Stevens ( Fire & Water ) boldly sets about shaping and communicating the inchoate impulses of the unconscious, with sensitively drawn characters, and subtlety and economy of expression. “The Dark-Eyed Boy” enlarges a disturbing incident between a pregnant woman and a troubled boy into a complex, poignant exploration of vulnerability and victimization. In the title story, a woman who volunteers in a hospital finds herself inexplicably attuned to an indigent preacher traveling through her town. The unwilling bond persists until she is once again called to the hospital; with a chill inevitability, her patient is the old preacher. Less satisfying is the fairy-tale grotesquerie of “My Hands”: under a toadstool in a garden seem to grow life forms that not only cannot be destroyed, but multiply. In “The Other People,” the narrator suffers from strange urges, including a wolfish hunger for a nearby infant. But Stevens’s lucidity and grace outweigh the occasional overreaching.
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Florida Artist & Writer Elisabeth Stevens