23 Jan '14, 8pm

Why Benjamin Percy Loves “The Hunter’s Wife” [This is dated, but a worthy shout out anyway]

I have quite frankly had enough of these stories where a woman makes tea in her kitchen, where a man goes to the grocery store and aimlessly wanders its aisles, where over dinner they take tiny bites of lemon basil chicken and speak to each other without really speaking to each other. Throw in a sick kid and a bleak epiphany, and bam, we’re done. Essentially nothing happens. In Doerr’s fiction, stuff happens. He never forgets that a reader is ultimately interested in this question: what happens next? So blizzards come howling down from the mountains, a magician saws his young female assistant in half, a hunter fires arrow after arrow into a pack of half-starved coyotes, a mysterious dinner party reunites estranged lovers. And there is magic. Every time the hunter’s wife touches something—a slumbering grizzly, a heron frozen in lake-water, a tangle of garter snakes coiled b...

Full article: http://beatrice.com/wordpress/2006/07/01/ben-percy-sellin...

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