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Drowning Lessons: Stories
by Peter Selgin (Goodreads Author)
The stories in Drowning Lessons engage water as both a vital and a potentially hazardous presence in our lives. "You can touch water," says Peter Selgin, "you can taste it and feel its temperature, you can even hold it in your hands. Still it remains elusive, ill-defined, shaped only by what surrounds or contains it."With empathy and wit Selgin introduces us to characters ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by University of Georgia Press
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Waves vs. Words
Drowning Lessons, short story collection by Peter Selgin, contains fourteen stories, in other saying fourteen circular waves in the water just by dropping in a stone which causes ripple effect or precession. Although each story character connects with water, each story concerns differently just as each circular wave is not touching the other in the water. The reader can feel the abb and flow of protagonist’s consciousness, prurience, rocky marriage, and constrained allegiance in t ...more
I enjoyed these. The stories are tied together by a theme, but not in a way that you're being beat over the head. They focus on people who are struggling in some way, many in their relationships. It's a slim volume and the stories move along well, so this is a very fast read.
Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, two books on the craft of fiction, and two children’s books. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including Glimmer Train Stories, Poets & Writers, The Sun, Slate, Colorado Review, Writers and Their Notebooks, Writing ...moreMore about Peter Selgin...