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Drastic: Stories

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Meet the college graduate working in a whole body–donation clinic; a young woman obsessed with Benedictine monks; a middle-aged woman who becomes a stand-in talk-show guest; unlikely friends who meet in a domestic violence shelter; a young girl and the father who stole her away to escape his wife's mental illness; a graduate student from a suburban family who believes her ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Stephanie Holcomb
Just loved this.
I used to avoid short stories but for some reason I've read a few books full of them lately. I usually want more (and I SO do with these) and I feel a little let down. Maud Casey has a wonderful writing style, descriptive, rich characters, just the right amount of metaphors. She writes intelligently without insulting intelligence, but at the same time it's not pretentious. Having read The Shape of Things to Come I recognized one of the stories -- it may have been the first chapte
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Apr 26, 2011 Mary Lynn rated it it was amazing
Very smart, compelling stories, with plenty of "Oh, Wow" moments throughout. I had a major life revelation after reading the first story in this collection, "Seaworthy." There aren't many fiction writers who pack that kind of punch. I am definitely a Maud Casey fan now, and look forward to reading much more of her fiction.
Mar 09, 2009 Caitlin rated it liked it
oops. i would not recommend reading all of casey all at once. reading the short stories after the shape of things to come, i quickly became saturated with something that felt like, look how weird i am and what strange lovely revelations i have over and over again. something forced or failing, i can't tell.
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Shelves: 2008
These stories are bleak, somewhat depressing and very very well written. All stories are about some sort of loss, they left me feeling incomplete and yuk.
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Maud Casey lives in Washington, D.C. She is an Associate Professor of English and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland. She also teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson and was a faculty member at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in 2009.

She has received international fellowships from the Fundacion Valparaiso and the Hawthornden International
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