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63, Dream Palace: Selected Stories, 1956-1987

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A career-spanning selection of James Purdy's fiction, including the titular short novel, Purdy's first. Not to be confused with 63 Dream Palace and Other Stories .
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Black Sparrow Press (first published 1st 1991)
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Simon A. Smith
Jul 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Purdy is a very skilled writer who deserves more recognition for his gifts. He has been labeled as "controversial," but for me that has always been a good thing. These are quiet little heart stopping tales about love loss, redemption and identity. As a gay white man from Ohio, Purdy adroitly writes about black Americans, elderly women and wayward youth. He is a fearless writer and for that I commend him.
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Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
27 short stories in all. My favorite was the title piece, a dark story about a brother who's not cut out to be the caretaker of his sickly younger brother. By the time you realize how the story has to end, you can't look away. There's also a bittersweet story about an young boy and his grandfather, Home By Dark, written so well it was like being right there on the front porch with the characters.
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James Otis Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009) was an American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and many collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and in 2013 his short stories were collected in The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy.
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“He stood there, his eyes like they had been before. Their beauty stabbed at her heart like a great knife; the hair looked so like she had just pressed the wet comb to it and perhaps put a little pomade on the sides; and the small face was clean and sad. Yet her arms somehow did not ache to hold him like her heart told her they should. Something too far away and too strong was between her and him; she only saw him as she had always seen resurrection pictures, hidden from us as in a wonderful mist that will not let us see our love complete.” 8 likes
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