Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn

By Holiday Reinhorn

Big Cats opens with "Charlotte," during which a tender woman with a damaged pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor in the course of a protracted, scorching summer time evening, environment the tone of irrepressible interest and craving that's obvious in the course of the assortment.

In "Get clear of Me, David," a financial institution supervisor attempts to beat his haunted prior as he offers with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the physique of a patron who died within the foyer. Big Cats pits teenage women opposed to one another in an escalating catfight on the zoo the place they paintings, culminating in a blowout in entrance of the lion cage.

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It was only Barry trying to extricate himself, like a cat with a claw stuck in a drape. Barry set his pail down and asked Everett, “What do you think of all those antlers back in camp? I’ve been wondering: what if deer owned the place? Would they hang up a bunch of human skeletons? I mean, what do you think about somebody who needs to display so many antlers? I mean, I’m not like that. I ran over a mouse with a lawnmower once and it made me sick. The bone fragments were flying and I had to stop mowing.

Or was I the one who misremembered everything? Never did I see children’s sandals in the pool. Did my father see the truth whereas my imagination betrayed me, or protected me? As you must already know, I’m incapable of recording truth as my father did. To capture a child’s face numb from terror. To let the shrubs behind that child fade off into the background while the child’s eyes demand to be looked into. My father often said that reality was worse than whatever he could capture in a still image.

The woods were silent except for the sawing of pine branches. The dry grasses gave off an almost sweet smell. For a long time he walked aimlessly before he saw the deer. The animal was motionless amid birches and pines. To brace himself, Everett rested his hand on the trunk of a pine. He drew away slowly, taking a step toward the spot where the deer stood, as if he could walk through an apparition. His memories dropped over him—memories of himself and the woman he had known since they were children.

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