Black Tickets: Stories by Jayne Anne Phillips

By Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips's reputation-making debut assortment cleared the path for a brand new iteration of writers. Raved approximately through reviewers and embraced through the likes of Raymond Carver, Frank Conroy, Annie Dillard, and Nadine Gordimer, Black Ticketsnow stands as a classic.

With an uncanny skill to depict the lives of fellows and ladies who hardly check in in our literature, Phillips writes tales that lay naked their pain and pleasure. listed below are the abused and the deserted, the violent and the passive, the impoverished and the disenfranchised who populate the small cities and rural byways of the rustic. A client of the humanities reserves his fondest feeling for the single guy who wishes it least. A stripper, the daughter of a witch, escapes from poverty into one other form of violence. a tender lady in the course of the melancholy is stuck among the affection of her loopy father and the no much less robust love of her sorrowful mom. those are nice American tales that experience earned a privileged position in our literature.

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Yet I don’t know you. At least I’ve never talked with you before. ” says the woman in a hush calculated to drive a soft wedge into my skull. “How can you be so sure of yourself? Mightn’t you have a fatal blind spot somewhere? If not, don’t you think you’d have pulled yourself a little more together by now? ” “You put great stock in me,” I say. “I don’t know who you are, but I should tell you I’m not the wonderful human being you make me out to be. I don’t seem to be able to get things done. ” “Still, I used to have a thing for you.

I simply listen to the radio playing send-off music for two hundred fifty grams of spaghetti as I eagerly dispatch every last strand to my stomach. I wash up plate and pans while boiling a kettle of water, then pour a cup for a tea bag. As I drink my tea, I think about that phone call. So we could come to an understanding? What on earth did that woman mean, calling me up like that? And who on earth was she? The whole thing is a mystery. I can’t recall any woman ever telephoning me before without identifying herself, nor do I have the slightest clue what she could have wanted to talk about.

Sorry, I had to work late,” she apologizes. “I had the darnedest time tracking down one pupil’s tuition record. ” “Never mind,” I say. Then I step into the kitchen, panfry a piece of fish in butter, and prepare a salad and miso soup. Meanwhile, my wife reads the evening paper at the kitchen table. ” she asks. ” “I ran out of butter and went out to buy some,” I lie. ” “Natch,” I reply. ” “Oh,” says my wife. I EMERGE from an after-dinner bath to find my wife sitting all alone in the darkened living room.

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