Kelvin Smith Library celebrates scholarship at Case Western Reserve University by recognizing faculty authors in the Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management who have written or edited books.
"Left to themselves, they drift, drink, disconnect. This stunning novel, by award-winning story writer Mary Grimm, is about loss and love in ordinary lives." "One night, in a bar, Lucette drifts into Harry's life. Distant, passionate, passive, Lucette is the catalyst of change. Harry has been in and out of jobs, bars, and women's beds, adept at avoidance, at not dealing with things, including feelings under the surface of his friendship with his cousin Cynthia. Cynthia goes through the motions of a marriage, but in fact spends her days waiting for Harry; she cannot find it in herself to leave the house that once belonged to her grandmother, where she and Harry played as children. The aimlessness with which Mary Grimm's flawlessly rendered characters live out their lives stems from complexities they are determined to ignore, to forget, repress - an ungiving mother, a father who died too soon, sexual feelings denied: actions and inactions that shift the fragile balance in people and in life." "Beautifully written, full of startling insight, Mary Grimm's mesmerizing novel illuminates the pretenses people use to avoid acknowledging the difficulty and pain of daily life. Left to Themselves is a remarkable first novel, one that reveals the empty spaces within us all."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Since her stories were first published in The New Yorker and other magazines, Mary Grimm has won exceptional critical acclaim and a devoted following among readers of fine fiction. Now, with her stunning debut collection, Stealing Time, Grimm proves herself a superb new master of the subtle art of short fiction. These stories brilliantly explore extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. Their characters could be found on any block in any suburb or city, yet through Grimm's literary alchemy they become singularly unforgettable." "In the award-winning "We," two young housewives try various diversions to fill up the hollow centers of their lives until they realize they must grow up enough to fill that center with themselves. In "Mommy and Doris," an older woman finds entertainment watching passersby and imagining the dark secrets of their lives." "In these and other stories, Grimm writes poignantly and humorously of characters on the verge of a new awareness: a father who really sees his wife and children for the first time when his wife walks out; a pregnant woman who must come to terms with the fact that she will not be able to carry on with the life she has always led." "Stealing Time is dazzling in its lyricism, humor, uncommon insight, and truth."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved