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When Things Get Back to Normal, When Things Get Back to Normal, 0932511007, 0-932511-00-7, 978-0-932511-00-3, 9780932511003, , , When Things Get Back to Normal, 0932511015, 0-932511-01-5, 978-0-932511-01-0, 9780932511010,

When Things Get Back to Normal
by Constance Pierce

Quality Paper
1987. 256 pp.
978-0-932511-01-0
Price:  $18.95 s

In a tone at once comic, gothic, and deceptively pastoral, the stories in this collection continue the tradition of Hawthorne, Poe, and James—Americans pursuing a dialectic with Europe—but in a late 20th century context. Constance Pierce's character's, with their fetishes for food and property, hide their eyes with daydreams, hallucinations, and enormous feats of rationale in their longing to return to the happy normal state they tell themselves they once enjoys but which likely never existed at all. Subtly questioning their characters' illusions and nostalgia, these stories, set in such territory as World War II Germany, the French countryside, and Long Island Sound, address the often nebulous relationships between private and public life, old and new ideas, fantasy and reality.