Eggs for Young America by Katherine L. Hester
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Everyone has a tale that must be told. In this masterful, evocative collection of stories, Katherine L. Hester gives names and histories to those who often labor unnoticed -- leaning houses, washing dishes in restaurants, and installing security systems. Stunned to find themselves on the outskirts of American life where compromise and illusion meet, these forgotten individuals ache for more -- more love, more money, more passion, more dignity, more control over their lives. One paycheck away from destruction, one nightmare away from mental illness, they inhabit a fragile world balanced precariously between hope and calamity, tenaciously fighting for even the most tentative of human connections. Their lives are captured in this collection of compelling and exquisitely told stories.

About Katherine L. Hester

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Hester has been awarded a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony and a James A. Michener Fellowship in writing.
Published July 15, 1997 by Middlebury. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``Alarm'' features a dying neighborhood in Austin, Texas, where ex- junkie Tyler and his girl Holly settle in search of peace only to learn that their neighbor across the street is a dealer.

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The young and already downtrodden characters featured in this powerful debut collection of eight stories, which won Bread Loaf's 1996 Bakeless Prize, are hovering on the brink of disaster, troubled by unhappy home lives or dead-end jobs or both.

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