Alice, Corvus and Annabel form a circle of friends. Alice is filled with convictions, Corvus with loss, and Annabel with a worldly pragmatism. Thrown together one summer, they make their way through an air-conditioned landscape electric with signs and portents and peopled by disengaged adults.
Alice, Corvus and Annabel, each a motherless child, form an unlikely friendship. Alice is filled with convictions, Corvus with loss, and Annabel with a worldly pragmatism. Thrown together one summer, they make their way through an air-conditioned landscape electric with signs and portents and peopled by restless, disengaged adults. Annabel's father lusts after Donald, his handsome gardener, while enduring nightly visitations from his dead wife; a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from bad to worse after he meets the girls; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn towards a darker solution; and an ageing big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with eight-year-old Emily Bliss Pickless. Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, The Quick and the Dead explores the vagaries of love, our thirst for meaning, and the peculiar paths by which all of us are led to our destiny.
Joy Williams is the author of the novels State of Grace, The Changeling and Breaking and Entering, and of two collections of short stories, Taking Care and Escapes. Among her many awards and honours are the Rea Award for the short story and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work is also published in Esquire, the Paris Review and Grand Street. She lives in Tucson, Arizona and Key West, Florida.
The Quick And The Dead by Joy Williams
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