By Russell Wangersky
Brief tale assortment examines while coping abilities slip - denial, pragmatism, or fantasy. A caretaker of a prairie entertainment park, the lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland city, a vacationing activities drink marketer with a urgent have to get off the line, an elevator inspector who unearths himself wasting his marriage amid sensuous foodstuff gourmandizing - all spin uncontrolled into new worlds.
In the 1st, "Bolt", a truck skids off the line right into a shiny crimson box of fireweed. all of sudden "a rusty bolt John had present in the driveway, a bolt that he’d tossed behind the pickup with the duffle baggage and the mitre saw” — flies up entrance. His cranium cracks “at the midline and slightly under the hair, hitting that tender dent the place a lover may leisure a hand.”
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