By Bill Roorbach
Via quirky plots, one-of-kind characters, and quite a lot of twists, the tales in Big Bend study gentle-hearted males and their relationships. From made-in-heaven conferences to tricky liaisons, Roorbach's characters event romance in unforeseen, occasionally disastrous ways.
In "Fog," a teenage boy learns not easy classes approximately canoes, the Gulf of Maine, intercourse, and love. A suffering younger artist is going domestic for the vacations looking for succor for the stomach—and heart—with bad leads to "Thanksgiving." different tales recount the finally disastrous reunion of estranged associates, an unemployed architect's silly relationship with undesirable corporation, and a middle-aged rock star's fight with the urge to calm down. within the tiitle tale, "Big Bend," a grieving widower, stricken by way of his personal waning years, is tempted by way of a seductively attentive birdwatcher no older than his daughter.
Poignant stories of hauntingly favourite occasions, invoice Roorbach's tales are filled with center, romance, edgy humor, and the often hid vulnerability of fellows.
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Not for refreshment does a mummy sleep, for refreshment is impossible, but to relieve awhile the tedium of incessant thought. He sits on the edge of the bed while shards of past and present circle his mind like pale vegetables in a soup stirred by a slow hand. . . . an obelisk at Memphis in whose shadow the Mummy played with a leather ball . . . . . Tey, the Mummy’s wife, whose face he can no longer recall except as a radiant haze. . In the space between two knocks, he remembers his tomb and how he would rummage there among the tokens of his life: his sword and chariot, a gold cup and plate, a stuffed falcon and a mummified dog, a ball and stick, his library of papyrus scrolls, which he read by sunlight and moonlight entering through a shaft—alms scattered liberally by Ra and Thoth.