Loving Wanda Beaver by Alison Baker

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In a world that has quietly and unexpectedly gone tilt, the delightful, engaging characters in these stories and novella find their own way to regain equilibrium. A processing clerk at the Institute for the Study of American Sexual Appetite, Library of Desire section, longs for the attentions of a summer corn detasseler in "Loving Wanda Beaver, " the irresistible and unpredictable title story that has also been selected for Prize Stories 1995: The O. Henry Awards. In the novella "Almost Home, " Decker and his dog have fled the city for a rural life that is everything but tranquil as he encounters some very strange neighbors, a forest fire, a runaway bear, and other seemingly inexplicable acts of violence and acceptance.

About Alison Baker

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Baker has taught East Asian Civilization and Urban Anthropology at New York University. She is an independent writer, film producer and oral historian.
Published September 1, 1995 by Chronicle Books. 213 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And to the knowledge that they would never, any of them, be quite happy.'' Finally, the novella, ``Almost Home,'' finds city-dweller Decker moving out to the wilderness for peace and quiet, only to realize that in the 20th century the wilderness is anything but quiet: It is, rather, a complex, no...

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In her second collection of short fiction, Baker (How I Came West, and Why I Stayed) crafts peculiar, improbably winsome tales--six stories and one novella--about disorderly lives.

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