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Correction of Drift, Correction of Drift, 1573661422, 1-57366-142-2, 978-1-57366-142-3, 9781573661423, , , Correction of Drift, 1573668052, 1-57366-805-2, 978-1-57366-805-7, 9781573668057,

Correction of Drift
A Novel in Stories
by Pamela Ryder

Quality Paper
2008. 192 pp.
Price:  $18.95 t
E Book
2009. 192 pp.
Price:  $9.95 t

Explores the lives behind the headlines of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, evoking anew the scope of tragedy through the vision of literary fiction.
It was called the crime of the century, and it was front-page news: the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Correction of Drift: A Novel in Stories imagines the private lives behind the headlines of the case, and examines the endurance—and demise—of those consumed by the tragedy.

Every character brings a different past life to the event, be it a life of celebrity, or of misfortune and obscurity. There is Anne Morrow Lindbergh—daughter of a millionaire, the shy poet who married a national hero; Charles Lindbergh—the rough-and-tumble Minnesota barnstormer, who at age twenty-five made the first transatlantic flight, bringing him world-wide prestige; Violet—the skittish family maid with a curious attachment to the boy and a secret life that lapses into hysteria and self-destruction; and the kidnappers—an assembly of misfits with their own histories of misery. All are bound by the violence, turmoil, and mystery of the child’s disappearance as it becomes evident that each life has been irrevocably changed. Patterns of bereavement and loss illuminate these stories: despair at the death of a child; the retreat into seclusion; the comfort and the desolation of a marriage. But the heart of this novel is the far-reaching nature of tragedy, and the ways the characters go on to live—or end—their lives.

Pamela Ryder’s stories have been widely published in literary journals, including The Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Conjunctions, The Texas Review, and Quarterly West.

"Pamela Ryder opens up the well-known story of the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby to illuminate the ways we drift off course—perpetrator, victim, caretaker, witness—and are subsumed by the dream of memory and longing. With gorgeously precise language, she slips between the cracks in intractable surfaces, revealing the inexpressible word."
—Dawn Raffel, author of Carrying the Body

"I first read Pam Ryder's eloquent stories over ten years ago, and thought she was one of the most powerful prose stylists I had ever encountered. Correction of Drift is dazzling, original, and brings something completely new to American letters."
—Pat Conroy

“Ryder, Ryder, you’ve done it, you have done it!—made that which no one else has made. Isn’t firstness the consolation? Ask the ghost of Lucky Lindy. Oh, the occurrences, with what cruelty they will come to have their way with us. But to have been first at something, first at anything, as in having crossed an uncrossable distance—by air, let us say, or by word—is this not the deed? And thus, in proof of this, the luck of those who hold this ghostly book, this inconsolable haunting, in hand.”
—Gordon Lish

“Correction of Drift is a dreamy divagation of a novel, an elegiac lullaby, soothing and terrible, sung over the empty crib in the Lindbergh nursery. Ryder reimagines the event in shard-like sentences, some pretty as beach glass and others ugly and sharp, and these sentences and the sentence fragments and the headlines and ransom notes accrue to powerful effect until even the table scraps, "crusts, bones, trimmings of fat," seem ominous portents of violence and loss.”
—Christine Schutt

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