Where The Road Bottoms Out by Victoria Redel
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Where the Road Bottoms Out delivers us to the scenes of a young woman's battles against the various forces that would rob her of her freedom -- the relations that define her apart from how she would define herself.

These are stories of what it means to be embedded in the multiform drama of parent and child: here a mother buries her children; there daughters watch grieving fathers and fathers scamming. Punctuated by dislocation and loss, this drama often turns on the inevitable moment that intimacy and love overlap with something that feels like violence, or at the point when a new kind of awareness is achieved as the solitary voice of one daughter dissolves into a "we" of sisters.

Redel's charged and lyrical fictions enact a movement both away from a life and toward taking possession of a life. Over mountains, from hotel to hotel, in cars, on foot, we follow her determined journey to record her adventures as a first-generation American and as a writer of English prose.

Here is a striking debut. Sixteen stories that combine an uncompromising and definitive "No!" with an astonishing tenderness.
 

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Victoria Redel has published a book of short fiction, Where Victoria Redel has published a book of short fiction, Where the Road Bottoms Out, as well as a prize-winning collection the Road Bottoms Out, as well as a prize-winning collection of poetry, Already the World. She currently teaches in the Mof poetry, Already the World. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College and in the undergraduate and gFA program at Vermont College and in the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College. She liveraduate writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in New York City. s in New York City.
 
Published May 2, 1995 by Knopf. 171 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thus, many of the tales (``Where the Road Bottoms Out,'' ``Wool,'' ``My Little Pledge of Us,'' etc.) are impressionistic exercises that seem to turn upon childhood reminiscences recalled from a great distance of years: Basically plotless and rhetorically baroque, they tend to revolve around one t...

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