By Monica McFawn
Within the 11 kaleidoscopic tales that make up brilliant Shards of somewhere else, Monica McFawn lines the combustive, hilarious, and profound results that take place while humans misinterpret the minds of others. The characters—an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse running shoes, and poets—often try and pin down another's standpoint, merely to discover that their very own worldview is way from fixed.
The characters in McFawn's tales lengthy for and worry the encroachment of others. a tender boy reduces his nanny's cell invoice with a decision, then convinces her he can clear up her different difficulties. a guy who works at a butterfly-release enterprise turns into dangerously passionate about fixing a recognized mathematical evidence. A poetry professor unearths himself entangled within the research of a murdered pupil. within the ultimate tale, an getting older lyricist reconnects with a popular singer to write down an album within the Appalachian Mountains, in simple terms to be interrupted via the looks of his drug-addicted son and a legendary tale of recovery.
by way of turns exuberant and philosophically adroit, vibrant Shards of elsewhere reminds us of either the bounds of empathy and its absolute necessity. Our misreadings of others could be unavoidable, yet they themselves should be issues of attractiveness, allure, and connection.
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The kind written by hand, not tape from a machine. The receipt had a contact name on it. He couldn’t even remember who had loaned him the money. Some loan shark. Without that receipt, Thomas didn’t even know where to start. Then it was there, in his hand. Thomas stared at the slip of paper. Real, definitely real. The amount, the name, the date. Like a death sentence. His head swam. Very, very, real. He lowered his hand and swallowed. At the bottom of the chest lay an old blackened machete he’d bought in one of Manila’s back alleys.
Carlos had interviewed fifty-seven scientists from the former Soviet bioweapons program, quite persuasively. And in the end, nothing. At least nothing they were looking for. The telephone on a large black sandalwood desk to their right rang shrilly. Neither made a move for the phone. It stopped ringing. “We need you in Bangkok,” Svensson said. His voice sounded like the rumble of an engine churning against a cylinder full of gravel. ” “Yes, Bangkok. ” Carlos said. They had been following the development of the vaccine for over a year with the help of an informant in the Raison labs.
Thomas limped toward the bridge, hardly aware of the bats squawking on his back. His breathing came in great gasps. His flesh quivered. The black bats fell from his back. The lone white bat flapped eagerly on a low branch across the river. His ally was large, maybe as high as Thomas’s knees with a wingspan three times that. Its kind green eyes fixed on him. He knew this bat as well, didn’t he? At least he knew that his hope rested in this creature now. In his peripheral vision, Thomas saw that thousands of the black creatures were lining the stark trees behind him.
Bright Shards of Someplace Else by Monica McFawn