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Rutting Season
Rutting Season: Stories | Mandeliene Smith
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An intimate, sparkling collection of stories by a debut writer about girls behaving badly and families on the brink of collapse. In these lucid, sharply observant stories, Mandeliene Smith traces the lives of men and women in moments of crisis: a woman whose husband has just died, a social worker struggling to escape his own past, a girl caught in a standoff between her mothers boyfriend and the police. A lively and insightful collection, Rutting Season is dark, humorous, and moving, filled with complex characters who immediately demand our interest and attention. In What it Takes, a teenage girl navigates race and class as the schools pot dealer. The Someday Cat follows a small girl terrified of being given away by her neglectful mother. Three Views of a Pond is a meditation on the healing time brings for a college student considering suicide. And in Animals, a child wrestles with the contradictions inherent in her familys relationship with the farm animals they both care for and kill. In barnyards, office buildings, and dilapidated houses, Smiths characters fight for happiness and survival, and the choices they make reveal the power of instinct to save or destroy. Whether shes writing about wives struggling with love, teenage girls resisting authority, or men and women reeling from loss, Smith illuminates her characters with pointed, gorgeous language and searing insight. Rutting Season is an unforgettable, unmissable collection from an exciting new voice in fiction.
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The jacket description doesn't do this volume of nine short stories justice. The stories aren't of "girls behaving badly", like we're reading about out-of-control tweens or reckless-on-spring-break coeds. The central figures in these stories are individuals crushed under intense familial pressure: death, abuse, neglect (benign and otherwise).

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unabridgedchick @Tamra it is so striking. I love it. 7mo
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