Drastic: Stories (Paperback)

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Meet the college graduate working in a whole body-donation clinic; a young woman obsessed with Benedictine monks; a middle-aged woman who becomes a stand-in talk-show guest; unlikely friends who meet in a domestic violence shelter; a young girl and the father who stole her away to escape his wife's mental illness; a graduate student from a suburban family who believes her physical connection to the world is deteriorating. Maud Casey -- author of The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book -- explores how we survive modern crises of loss and love through the lives of emotional and geographic nomads. Each flirts with madness and self-destruction while reaching toward life. These simple gestures of optimism and vitality, gorgeously rendered, make drastic an unforgettable collection.

Praise For…

“Well-written . . . novelistic, its theme of loss made palpable and powerful . . . such riches.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Tak[ing] a dazzling narrative dare.”
-New York Times Book Review on Notable Book of the Year THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

“Refreshingly unaffected. . . . There’s a deliberate tenderness in Casey’s handling of her characters.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Striking . . . a gem.”

“A complex, mature, and compelling novel.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Skillful, moving . . . A winning combination of emotional resonance, subtle humor and wisdom.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Stories . . . that absolutely soar with illuminating little details that crack everything open and reach for hope.”
-Hartford Courant

“Edgy, thought-provoking, charged with raw emotion, Drastic is an impressive collection from a rich and wonderfully unpredictable talent.”
-John Searles, author of Boy Still Missing

“Sad and funny, Casey’s warm-hearted, fine stories reach like a pair of outstretched arms for comfort and truth.”
-Lily Tuck, author of Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived: Stories

“[Drastic] is a treasure trove of jewels to live for--stories beautiful, multi-faceted, and fierce with light.”
-Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

“Writing with power, beauty, and a searing vision, Maud Casey creates stories that change the world before our eyes.”
-Erin McGraw, author of Lies of the Saints

“The characters in Drastic struggle to understand their lives...in prose that is quiet and illuminating.”
-Jason Brown, author of Driving the Heart: And Other Stories

“Casey tells these stories with a compassionate voice that would give anyone of these people a reason to live.”
-Mary Kay Zuravleff, The Frequency of Souls

“The characters in Casey’s stories find their solace ... in the moments love cracks the rock face of the ordinary.”
-Ann Darby, The Orphan Game

“Maud Casey snakes beneath our consciousness, one deft sentence at a time. Drastic is a wholehearted work of art.”
-Nicholas Weinstock, author of As Long As She Needs Me

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060512552
ISBN-10: 0060512555
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 8th, 2003
Pages: 224
Language: English