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Heavier Than Air by Nona Caspers
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Apr 06, 09

bookshelves: april-2009, lgbt-books, short-stories
Read in April, 2009

Casper's stories reveal the deep inner lives of Midwesterners as they struggle not so much with the land, but with other eternal matters: life and death, first love perverted by the fear of others perceptions, madness, a sense of belonging to a greater world, madness, and the struggle to survive with hope in the face of all to the contrary. Many of these stories deal with children or teens facing the loss of innocence: the burgeoning love of Nora for her cousin Cynthia cut off by the fears of those who can't bear to see her naked yearning; the failure of an ardent sister to prevent the drowning of a four-year-old who seems only tenuously connected to reality; the frantic hopes of a youngest daughter that she can somehow draw her mother out of depression and madness. There are teens facing pregnancy, with or without early marriage; and the stories of those who succumb to the darkness in their souls. As Caspers says in her epigraph: "It's too big you know--I mean life, sir." (L.S. Lowry, 1961)
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