Big Bend: Stories by Bill Roorbach

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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I offer him my hand; he does not take it. “I doubt you know me, Mr. Hyde. I am a writer, of tales. I wish to write of you—your duress: a serial for The London Magazine and, later, a novel. ” I ignore the silent probing gaze, the glint of teeth, the roaring in my ears issuing from 34 Love Among the Particles & Other Stories a rapidly accelerating heart. Opening my portmanteau, I show him a manuscript. ” He continues to regard me in silence. Suddenly, although his manner seems benevolent, I am afraid.

Where’s the harm? she says to herself. The Mummy’s Bitter and Melancholy Exile 57 The Mummy’s Dream The Mummy Plays the Piano The Mummy goes to a party on Fifth Avenue. He admires the bare shoulders of the women, who are moving searchingly— dreamily—from room to room. How bright their eyes, how musical their laughter! Their dusky shoulders are powdered with light. He admires also these men, who inhabit their evening clothes as if they wore no other. He feels graceless and unprepossessing in his, and leans on his stick as one would a prop to keep from falling—so heavy the weight of judgment in their eyes.

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.

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