By Rose Marie Kinder

"[Kinder] writes with the x-ray imaginative and prescient of a Sherwood Anderson, and with the perception of a Freudian analyst, an interpreter of desires, in language which may be to boot suited for the normal folktale or the place of birth newspaper as to poetry of the French surrealists. here's a choice of brief fiction for our occasions: a reflect held as much as the homely info, reflecting again to us the wild insides."

---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge

"I learn A Near-Perfect Gift from begin to finish with out preventing, and, whilst i stopped, chanced on myself sitting in my darkened place of work, infused with an unforeseen experience of peace."

---Eileen Pollack, MLFA judge

The tales in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve round the frequently hardscrabble small-town lifestyles in a single rural village. like every different group inhabited via the human race, it is a position the place the banal and the unbelievable coalesce, a spot with its percentage of universal tragedies and unusual madmen: a few howl on the moon, whereas others develop into heroes. There are the 2 outdated girls down the road who should be witches and needs to be exorcised, and the guy who plucks chickens for a dwelling. it really is in the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the realm that probably small questions---often the type that youngsters ask, coming up from a kid's imagined figuring out of the way the grownup global works---assume an eerie portent: used to be snake underneath the woodpile? may well a pregnant bat climb out of a gap within the flooring? The solutions by no means stop to surprise.

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