Time Between Trains by Anthony Bukoski

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Welcome to Superior, Wisconsin, the westernmost port on the Great Lakes, home to a declining population, often-dismal weather, and dying ethnic communities. Despite the biting winter winds and the ore dust blanketing the city, miracles occur here. In the title story, the only Jewish track inspector for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe system discovers a magical place behind the drab house of a lonely Polish schoolteacher; in “Closing Time,” an accordion player working the bar of the local VFW finds an appreciative audience in a disillusioned German war bride; in “The Moon of the Grass Fires,” a retired flour mill worker has a vision of ultimate goodness and the meaning of his life one beautiful autumn evening as, covered with wheat dust, he takes a walk near the East End’s abandoned ore docks.

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Anthony Bukoski has published five story collections, including TWELVE BELOW ZERO (Holy Cow! Press, Expanded Edition 2008), Time Between Trains (Southern Methodist University Press), a 2003 Booklist Editor's Choice selection, and North of the Port (Southern Methodist University Press, 2008). National Public Radio's Selected Shorts program and Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program have both aired readings of Bukoski's work. A Christopher Isherwood Foundation fellowship winner, the author resides with his wife Elaine in the country outside of Superior, Wisconsin.
Published May 8, 2003 by Southern Methodist University Press. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author succeeds in portraying the overwhelming smallness of this world and its dependence upon familiar routines: the parish church that provides an entire social life for the old lady in “Holy Walker,” or the accordion gigs that bring some variety (as well as an occasional fling) into the se...

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In his fourth collection, Bukoski (Polonaise; Children of Strangers) brings to life once again the working-class town of Superi

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in "A Geography of Snow," his young cousin watches "crazy Tad" as he drunkenly kisses a map of their neighborhood, proclaiming the map will go back with him to Vietnam, "so a medic can get it for me while I'm dying.

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