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The Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories

Winnebago Mysteries

Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories
by Moira Crone

Paperback
1982
Price: $12.00

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In this collection of seven short stories, Moira Crone presents fresh writings about women, love, and strength. "Kudzu" is a tale of a girl's childhood in the stranglehold of American life. "The Brooklyn Lie" deals with a young woman's sexuality and body. The title story explores relationships and women's issues through a series of letters and narratives.

"Every typical family at first represents merely an animal connection, as it were, a single organism. Cast back upon itself, it cannot get beyond itself. From itself, it cannot create a new individual and to try to do so through the education within the family is a kind of intellectual incest." —Franz Kafka

"The whole family, in a rolling house, can have a new backyard every night." —From a radio commercial for Winnebago Homes and Rollin' Out Recreational Vehicles, Inc., in Highsville, NC

"Moira Crone's fiction is full of lovely surprises. Her Winnebago Mysteries is a pure delight."—John Barth


"Moira Crone's collection is about love. She expresses strength of feeling for both the form she has chosen, and for the people whose lives she celebrates, commemorates. Although this is not a trendily anti-male book, it is surely about women, and it is strong and interesting in that regard. The prose is powerful because restrained, poetic while serving Crone's affection for narrative. The book abounds not only in awfully good stories, but in wonderful sentences, lines I want to remember. A novella, The Winnebago Mysteries, is a fine extended piece, with terrific humor - dark and bright, sad and funny, at once. This book introduces an important young writer; paying attention to her is, at the very least, a great pleasure." —Fredrick Busch


"Here are the necessary exorcisms of a young writer, performed with a swift surgical precision that allows for a glimpse of the depths right through the cuts. Unsentimental, hard hitting and charged, this is language at work." —Andrea Codrescu


Excerpt


Ruth is in one place, after seven hundred miles non-stop, a short foray in the Sierras, another thousand, and then the Grand Canyon. Everywhere coldness, wind, hot coffee, blue snow. She has wrinkles about her mouth now and a face full of irregularities. On the counter, in front of her, are several Yogo peg board games meant to entertain the customers. The men coming in are farmers and loggermen who talk about sheep and trees.

Outside, the hummingbirds are zooming among the red feeders. Someone like her mother hung the feeders there, but she has not met this person. Every day the large man who runs this place fills them with sugar water. He sells similar feeders at the cash register, as well as Moo Cow Creamers and the peg boards. He wants to avoid boredom in his restaurant. Ruth has been playing Yogo so long that she gets Genius every time now, so that for one or two seconds she feels okay.