Rhonda Douglas's debut collection dazzles with its daring and dangerous prose. Welcome to the Circus, where every moment is a tight-rope act, precariously balancing on the edge of destruction.
In these stories, a choir processes its collective grief at the loss of one of its members to cancer; a teenage boy marks himself with the poetry of John Donne; God explains the collapse of the cod fishery; Mata Hari stands trial; and two sisters try to reconcile their respective places in the family porn emporium business before everything blows up.
These ten strikingly original stories explore love and escape—how we escape to love, escape through love, and escape ourselves and hold on to love. Together, the stories of Welcome to the Circus highlights the acrobatic circus acts we all learn to perform.
Table of Contents
|Table of Contents||9|
|NOUS and RENÉ LÉVESQUE||11|
|LOVE NOTES for EIGHTH GRADE||41|
|LA RÉPUBLIQUE de FRANCE V. “MATA HARI”||55|
|STILL LIFE with BOOK||71|
|SOUNDS of our PALEOLITHIC PAST||91|
|MONDAY NIGHT at the PORN EMPORIUM||113|
|WELCOME to the CIRCUS, SOOKY BABY||141|
|GOD EXPLAINS THE COLLAPSE of the COD FISHERY||157|