It Takes a Worried Man by Tracy Daugherty

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The narrative interweaves history, myth, rumor, and news with the experiences of a young girl living in the flatness of South Florida. Like Grace Paley's narrators, she is pensive and eager, hungry for experience but restrained. Into the sphere of her regard come a Ted Bundy reject, the God Osiris, a Caribbean slave turned pirate, a circus performer living in a box, broken horses, a Seminole chief in a swamp, and a murderous babysitter. What these preposterously commonplace figures all know is that murder is identity: "Of course what matters really is the psychokiller, what he's done, what he threatens to do. Of course to be the lucky one you have to be abducted in the first place. Without him, you wouldn't exist."

About Tracy Daugherty

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He is a professor of English and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University and is a faculty member of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College.
Published April 23, 2014 by Dzanc Books. 212 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “Comfort Me With Apples,” a folklorist named George, whose wife and parents have died in a freak traffic accident, becomes entwined in a family of illegal immigrants until the mother snaps and drowns her children.

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