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Listening for Ghosts - A Novella and Four Stories - cover

Listening for Ghosts - A Novella and Four Stories

David Rabe

Publisher: Delphinium Books

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In these disquieting tales of confronting the past, the author and playwright showcases his “keen ear for how people talk, think, and behave” (Publishers Weekly).  Listening for Ghosts collects some of David Rabe’s most compelling short fiction of the past few years, including three stories that appeared in the New Yorker. In “Things We Worried About When I Was Ten,” a group of seemingly carefree Midwestern boys are revealed to be egregiously uncared for by their parents. “The Longer Grief” is a slow-motion explosion, as one moment in time propels shards of reckoning through the shared history of a brother and sister. In “Uncle Jim Called,” a man cooking stir fry answers a phone call from the dead . “Suffocation Theory” slyly depicts our off-kilter and increasingly apocalyptic world.   In the novella, I Have to Tell You, the elderly tenants of a Midwestern apartment complex seek fairness from a conniving landlord. When an emergency stay in the hospital brings a near-octogenarian named Emma face-to-face with looming injustice, she finds herself burdened with two mysteries to solve. She may never get to the bottom of them, but she is determined to do all she can.   Also included are “Things We Worried About When I Was Ten,” which won the 2021 O. Henry Prize, and “The Longer Grief,” which won first prize in the 2019 Narrative Story Contest.
Available since: 10/18/2022.
Print length: 288 pages.

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