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The Palace of Wasted Footsteps

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Images of dancing and the theme of survival connect the stories in Cary Holladay's latest fiction collection, The Palace of Wasted Footsteps. These images may be explicit, or understated, as in "Mayflies," which suggests the glorious yet frantic dance of brief, intense lives. Yet each story depicts men, women, and children partnered with death, love, or strange, wonderful ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by University of Missouri (first published September 1998)
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Some of the most astonishing stories I've ever read. "Merry-Go-Sorry" is about the murder in West Memphis for which the three young men were just released - this is a coincidence I just discovered, having read CH's stories for the first time this summer. This story is singular. The points of view shift from the accused murderers to girlfriends to future lovers, and each voice is perfect. "The detectives write this word down: merry-go-sorry. It means a story with good news and bad, she says slowl ...more
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