The Necessary Grace to Fall

The Necessary Grace to Fall These eleven stories take us from the Czech Republic to Alaska from Siberia to West Texas as they stake out territories straddling the border between life and death In the title story the usual thor

  • Title: The Necessary Grace to Fall
  • Author: Gina Ochsner
  • ISBN: 9780820323145
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • These eleven stories take us from the Czech Republic to Alaska, from Siberia to West Texas, as they stake out territories straddling the border between life and death In the title story the usual thoroughness of an insurance claims investigator spirals into obsession when Howard learns that a beautiful, drowned policyholder was a childhood neighbor he never knew He is leThese eleven stories take us from the Czech Republic to Alaska, from Siberia to West Texas, as they stake out territories straddling the border between life and death In the title story the usual thoroughness of an insurance claims investigator spirals into obsession when Howard learns that a beautiful, drowned policyholder was a childhood neighbor he never knew He is left uncentered, and his wife is convinced that he is having an affair In How the Dead Live Karen keeps her late father s spirit trapped in her home until her newly detected pregnancy drives her thoughts outward and forward In Unfinished Business Ciri s ghost cannot forsake her previous life s routines, or the chance that even in death she might love or be loved by the living.Gina Ochsner s interests in folklore and myth often suffuse these stories of visitations, crossings, partings, and second chances Fears and longings, for example, are often projected onto animals such as the earthbound, ice covered swans of the Siberian tundra in Sixty six Degrees North Likewise, Ochsner s insights into history burdened contemporary life in Eastern Europe and Russia also filter through In Then, Returning a Lithuanian and a Russian sort body parts and marble fragments in a Vilnius cemetery hit by stray artillery shells As they work, a group of American genealogy buffs approaches, filled with hope that a day among the gravestones will bring order to their family trees.In such wildly inventive ways, Gina Ochsner gives us new means to think about how the dead remain among us and how we can find beauty and solace even in graceless times and places.

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    1. Devon Walker (Editorial Intern): November (2012) has found me moving back and forth between The Dream of the Unified Field, a collection of Jorie Graham poems, and Gina Oschner’s debut collection of short stories, The Necessary Grace to Fall. Both the poems and the stories share a sort of otherworldly logic in which myth effortlessly embeds itself in everyday ritual and history becomes less of an abstract collection of extinguished hours than a malleable and present object being shaped and res [...]

    2. I can think of many reasons to read these short stories. As a writer interested in fiction, Gina Ochsner is a craft master of "magical realism." This amalgam of Raymond Carver and J.R.R. Toilken styles produces, when done well, an engaging and imaginative read. As a writer of narrative, Ms. Ochsner gives craft lessons on the proper and imaginative (there that word is again!) manipulation of scene. She moves us in time, flash-back, flash-forward seamlessly--trust me, it only looks easy until you [...]

    3. A beautiful collection with images that recur and startle with each recurrence: tiny birds, frail beating hearts, ice deserts and ice sculptures. Her books always offer a welcome strangeness; some magical realism; a few stories set in Eastern Europe and ringed with a tender sense of loss. My two favorites are in the middle—“Modern Taxidermy” and “Then, Returning,” both with enigmatic characters with sad histories that you just brush up against during the span of the short story. This f [...]

    4. have read some short fiction pieces in the newyorker, which took my breath away. incredible writing, a few snippets i wrote down: "If God is home and goodness the land we are seaching for, then we are in a far country."; "The thing to remember about Baba is that she honestly thinks the dead come back to see who's wearing their shoes and to reclaim beloved handbags."

    5. Not as good as her super-wonderful 'People I Wanted To Be', which is gut-wrenching, but good none the less. The line between the real and imagninary, alive and dead is blurred.

    6. Yes, this book is about death. But it is death in a beautiful light, that which is suffused by humanity. Ochsner conjures grace in her writing the way Hemingway conjured masculinity. It comes from who she is as a writer and not emulation of some other writer's style. Death is told in a way that helps release the reader's fixation with death as the end of the journey.

    7. The title of this book is what got me. However, it wasn’t what I thought it was. As I read, the title's true meaning came through and I audibly spoke it as it revealed itself. This book is rich in experiencing the characters and their very unique stories. Out of the box, just like I like.

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