By Rose Marie Kinder
---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge
"I learn A Near-Perfect Gift from begin to finish with no preventing, and, while i ended, stumbled on myself sitting in my darkened workplace, 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 existence in a single rural village. like several different group inhabited by way of the human race, it is a position the place the banal and the inconceivable coalesce, a spot with its proportion of universal tragedies and unusual madmen: a few howl on the moon, whereas others turn into heroes. There are the 2 outdated girls down the road who will be witches and has to be exorcised, and the guy who plucks chickens for a residing. it truly is in the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the area that doubtless small questions---often the type that kids ask, coming up from a kid's imagined knowing of ways the grownup global works---assume an eerie portent: used to be snake underneath the woodpile? may perhaps a pregnant bat climb out of a gap within the floor? The solutions by no means stop to surprise.
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