Two nurses, smoking : stories / David Means.
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|Moorhead Public Library||MEA (Text)||33500013676192||New||On holds shelf||-|
- ISBN: 9780374606077
- ISBN: 0374606072
- Physical Description: 205 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Clementine, Carmelita, dog -- Are you experienced? -- Two nurses, smoking -- Vows -- Lightning speaks! -- The red dot -- I am Andrew Wyeth -- First encounter -- Stopping distance -- The depletion prompts.
"A new collection of stories by the visionary 'master of the form' (The Observer), David Means"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 August #1
Vulnerability and loss permeate Means' (Instructions for a Funeral, 2019) story collection. The title tale divulges the dialogue between two nurses during their smoke breaks. The woman assists with a lithotripsy machine that uses ultrasound to pulverize kidney stones. The man is an emotionally and physically scarred military veteran and ER nurse. Their conversations kindle a physical attraction and then something larger as they navigate pain, sorrow, and intimacy. The other standout tale, Stopping Distance, is similar in its fragmentary style and themes. It zooms in on a bereavement group meeting in a church basement and features a father who lost his teenage daughter and a mother whose son has passed. The story potently parses grief: how it is packaged (from small bits to immense quantities), shared, generates guilt, and lingers. Other tales showcase a lost dachshund weighing its new freedom against the desire for rescue and reunion, a girl in a psychiatric hospital, and two young hippies taking pleasure in drug trips. Infidelity, self-deception, and the volatility of memory are on display; so are commiseration, grace, and connection. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
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