Death Is Not an Option

Stories

By Suzanne Rivecca
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393072563, 222pp.)

Publication Date: July 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In these stories, a teacher obsesses over a student who comes to class with scratch marks on his face; a Catholic girl graduating high school finds a warped kind of redemption in her school s contrived class rituals; and a woman looking to rent a house is sucked into a strangely inappropriate correspondence with one of the landlords. These are just a few of the powerful plotlines in Suzanne Rivecca s gorgeously wrought collection. From a college student who adopts a false hippie persona to find love, to a young memoirist who bumps up against a sexually obsessed fan, the characters in these fiercely original tales grapple with what it means to be honest with themselves and the world. These stories explode with piercing insight . . . illuminating the dangerous dance between victims and saviors. They] deliver us to the edge of grief, that precarious place where the moral compass spins where codes of love and law and religion fail. Mercy here depends on a tiger s sublime grace, our capacity to resist deeper harm, and the right of every broken being to remain silent (Melanie Rae Thon)."

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