And Yet It Moves
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And Yet It Moves

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In this exquisite debut short story collection, people with unusual jobs and lives embark on extraordinary journeys. A taboo romance breaks the laws of gravity. Albert Einstein writes letters to the daughter he abandoned. A female physicist meets Stephen Hawking in a bar.... In the closing novella, All Those Stairs, an elevator operator with a genius IQ rides up and down all day enclosed in a metal box. Author Erin Stalcup explores these lives with remarkable compassion, depth, and insight examining loss and longing, and how our bodies and minds can be both weighted and freed. And Yet It Moves is a powerful combination of both absurdist and realist-stories that literally defy gravity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 14.99mm | 259g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253022037
  • 9780253022035

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An engaging collection that takes on the love and loneliness lurking in the bright lights and shadowed corners of the everyday. * Kirkus Reviews * In Erin Stalcup's And Yet It Moves, science, physics, and electricity (the reliably immutable phenomena that connect our universe) are the background for short stories of startling human disconnection and alienation . . . The beauty in each story is that, though alienation has become the default in each character's life, the desire to connect is ever present, like a beating heart, no matter how bruised. * ForeWord Reviews * Often, Stalcup succeeds at making those invisible visible . . . by reminding readers of the inherent humanity in persons, objects, places, animals, or-yes-natural phenomena. . . . Again and again, these stories show the imperfection of human connection, that invisible and yet visible forces at work in our lives. * Diagram * The ever-present, everyday magic in Stalcup's debut collection overlays the mundane world like mist and blurs the lines between the prosaic and the fantastic, in stories that examine life and loss. . . Stalcup's fabulist prose-poetry takes readers on tours of today's dreams and Nikola Tesla's memories, her writing surreal but solid enough for the reader to lean against. * Publishers Weekly *show more

About Erin Stalcup

Erin Stalcup's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, H_NGM_N, Hobart, [PANK], and elsewhere.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Gravity In the Heart of the Heart of the Empire Keen With Strangers Ghost Writer Not Long for this World Ochre Is the Color of Deserts and Dried Blood Brightest Corners Why Things FallI. Newton II. Einstein III. TeslaIV. Galileo, Hawking, Rabinowitz All Those Stairs Creditsshow more

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