Break it Down (High Risk) Paperback – 3 Oct 1996
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?Davis is a genuine artist, already mature and intensely gifted... Hers is a very human vision that must be taken seriously and that can't help but be enjoyed? San Francisco Chronicle ?Strong, seemingly effortless,and haunting work? Kirkus Reviews ?Luminous, brief and powerful? New York Observer
This work is a collection of 34 stories which reassure the reader that reality is orderly and reasonable. However, as the characters in the stories prove by their fallibility, misunderstanding and confusion are inherent in everyday life.See all Product description
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There are complex, compact, and hauntingly accurate micro-stories like "In a House Beseiged," "What She Knew," "The Fish," "City Employment," and the chilling, "The Mother."
Last, there are strange mind trips like "Liminal: The Little Man", and "French Lesson I" that challenge not only the art of writing fiction, but also expand and stretch the meaning of words and language. Davis tries very hard to get the reader to understand her complex thoughts regarding the liminal, the barely persceptible. She also guides the reader through a French lesson, where at the story's end, non-French speakers will understand the story in French. It's mind-boggling.
I give her four stars, because many of the stories miss their mark. There are either too contrived, or they are not at the level of the rest of the book. I would prefer to give her 4.5 stars, as she most assuredly deserves it.