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Short Stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
Paperback, 71 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by University of Virginia Press
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Brian
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Dove I'll confess to never having read any of your award winning poetry, but I'd like to offer my unqualified opinion that the world could use a hefty dose of your fiction writing. I was completely unprepared for the beauty of these stories and how they emotionally impacted me. Your poetic talents shine through in your sentences, but it is your ability to bring a person to life on the page that got me.

You can do more in 72 pages - 8 short stories - than many authors attempt in tomes ten time
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Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading Thomas and Beulah in college, I came across “Second Hand Man,” which got me curious about Dove's fiction. I was able to find a 1985 rejected library copy of Fifth Sunday with a blank check-out card on the inside cover. Such a shame that there’s not more demand for this book. I found a lot to admire in it: incredible language and very strong voices (as in her poetry). While some of the stories held together for me better than others—some were a bit hard to follow in places, especial ...more
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Some of the stories are character sketches in disguise -- not all of it works (at least, to my rustic ears.) Stories end when you think they're starting. Plot is pounded through to get to the moment Dove wishes to write about.

But "Damon and Vandalia" and "Aunt Carrie" are both excellent in different ways. "Damon and Vandalia" balances a story of an affair between both titular points of view. (Dove would return to that technique a year later with "Thomas and Beulah.") It's a jagged little puzzle
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Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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