(From the publisher):
Set in France, Italy, New York, and China, in past and present, these stories cover lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Intense in subject yet calm in tone, they are about longing - often held for years - and the ways sex and religion become parallel forms of dedication and comfort.
As the stories move along, a minor element in one turns major in the next. In "My Shape" a woman is taunted by her dance coach, who later suffers his own heartache. A Venetian poet of the 1500s, another storyteller, is introduced to a modern traveler reading Rilke. His story precedes a mesmerizing narrative of missionaries in China. In the final story, Giles, born to a priesthood family, leans toward Buddhism after a grievous loss, and in time falls in love with the dancer of the first story.
(from the publisher)
- My Shape
- The High Road
- Gaspara Stampa
- Ashes of Love
- Ideas of Heaven
- The Same Ground
Original title: Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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