By Robert Olen Butler
Publish yr note: First released in 1992
Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant choice of tales in regards to the aftermath of the Vietnam warfare and its effect at the Vietnamese used to be acclaimed by means of critics around the kingdom and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this modern vintage by means of one in all America's most vital dwelling writers, in a brand new version of an excellent smell from a wierd Mountain that incorporates as a consequence released tales -- "Salem" and "Missing" -- that brilliantly whole the collection's narrative trip, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1993)
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominee (1993)
Rosenthal kin starting place Award (1993)
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What’s it to you anyway? ” Sam bellowed with laughter. “What? ” “Careful what you wish for,” Sam started. “Yeah, yeah. I know. It might come true,” Carr sniped. ” Sam fixed his gaze on Carr. ” Carr sat quietly for a moment, eyes fixed on the ebbing tide, then looked back over the counter at Sam. “All right. ” Sam nodded and they walked around toward the back of the building. * Over the past few days, Carr’s memories had started to come into focus. One particular image, the last transmission he’d seen from Carpathia, was vivid.
I stopped by a Starbucks on the way home and grabbed a burger, cream soda and chips; carry-out bag. By the time I got back to my apartment, the food was luke-warm, but I preferred the confines of my home to a fast food joint. I wolfed it down, then jumped in the shower. Most people sing in the shower; I think. In fact, it’s where I do some of my best thinking. But even the hot steam swirling around me couldn’t clear the fog inside my brain. It would be so easy, I thought. Drive to the strip mall, go to the clinic and get a chance to be a real doctor again.
A half hour later, I was home. A bottle of wine kept me company that evening. I nursed it slowly, staring at the walls until finally deciding to go to bed whether sleep was in my immediate future or not. Dozing on and off, snippets of dreams flitted through my mind: med school, the old practice, nightmares of Carma Johnson walking in to my office with a team of uniformed agents. Doug had convinced me she was one of the good guys, but dreams don’t always ride on facts and emotions don’t erase that easily.
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