A Meaning for Wife by Mark Yakich

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Your wife is killed by a cashew (anaphylactic shock), but there isn't time to grieve because your toddler son is always at your heels—wanting to be fed, to be played with, or to sleep next to you all night long. A change of pace seems necessary, so you decide to visit your parents in order to attend your twenty-year high school reunion. What begins as a weekend getaway quickly becomes a theater for dealing with the past—a past that you will have to re-imagine in order to have any hope of a future for you and your son.

Told in second person, A Meaning for Wife is the story of a man trying to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife, the aging parents he has long avoided, and the tribulations of single parenthood.

Mark Yakich is the author of two poetry collections, Unrelated Individuals Forming A Group Waiting to Cross (Penguin Books, 2004) and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin Books, 2008). He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches English at Loyola University.

 

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Mark Yakich is the author of two poetry collections: Unrelated Individuals Forming A Group Waiting to Cross (Penguin, 2004), and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin, 2008). He lives in New Orleans, where he teaches English at Loyola University.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Ig Publishing. 197 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His stay at home allows him the chance to regress pleasantly: sleep in his old room, eat comfort food, watch sports, toss the football around the backyard…and the opportunity to attend his reunion and perhaps piece together, from who he was back then, the makings of a new and workable identity, a...

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In his debut novel, poet Yakich (The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine) uses the second person to tell the story of a high school English teacher whose wife dies after ingesting a cashew, leaving him a single dad to his almost toddler son, Owen.

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during a conversation with a female classmate at the reunion the narrator mistakenly replaces the word mood with boobs, to which his classmate replies, “No, I’m the one in the boobs.” Also, at the reunion jokes are related at the expense of former classmates, including Lane, a dull witted former ...

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“There are people who talk about themselves in the first person, people who talk about themselves in the third person, and people who don’t talk about themselves at all,” says a character in A Meaning for Wife.

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“There are people who talk about themselves in the first person, people who talk about themselves in the third person, and people who don’t talk about themselves at all,” one character tells the narrator of Mark Yakich’s first novel, A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing, 2011).

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