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Author Driscoll, Jack, 1946-
Title Wanting only to be heard / Jack Driscoll.
Imprint Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1992]
©1992

Subject Short stories, American -- Michigan.
American fiction -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 191 pages)
Summary The stories in this memorable collection explore the rigors of life in northern Michigan, a harsh terrain where winters linger, marriages often fail, and the emotional climate can be as severe as the physical one. Jack Driscoll writes about ordinary working-class people struggling to get along as best they can. With remarkable control, he portrays the uncertainty and impulsiveness of boys on the edge of manhood, the loneliness of women cut off from their families, and the ambivalence and anger of men who have come to see that love is neither simple nor secure. In the title story, three boys in the dead of winter test their theory that it should be possible to swim underwater from one ice-fishing hole to the next. In "Pig and Lobsters" a son watches his father plan a fancy dinner for a date who never arrives, the father's anticipation turning to rage as the evening unfolds. "August Sales" tells the story of a census worker with a chronic sleepwalking disorder who is haunted by his wife's decision to leave him. The protagonist of "Devotion," a woman recovering from dental surgery, finds herself holding a gun on a young intruder who has broken into her house. In each story, Driscoll masterfully conveys the fragility of human contact and the complex topography of the heart.
Contents Wanting only to be heard -- Pig and lobsters -- The tryout -- Death parts -- Flea to Jesus -- The season of families -- The wilderness state -- August sales -- Devotion -- Fugitive -- Payment -- From here to there -- Wish pennies -- Miss Dunn -- Land tides -- Killing time -- Bud and Goliath in the batting cage.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585083401 (electronic bk.)
9780585083407 (electronic bk.)
0870238086
9780870238086 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 43475475
Additional Format Print version: Driscoll, Jack, 1946- Wanting only to be heard. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©1992 0870238086 (DLC) 92005109 (OCoLC)25410411