Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On "Visitations" by Tina May Hall (3472 words) *****

My favorite story from Tina May Hall's award-winning collection is this one, available at the Collagist. In it, a woman discovers a dead squirrel stuck in her wall; her boyfriend, meanwhile, leaves for a trip. What follows is an attempt to rid the house of the squirrel, whose decomposition is stinking up the house. Or really, what follows is the discovery of a secret and the putting away of a few others. The squirrel becomes a metaphor for many of the events in the story itself--and a fitting introduction to a collection titled The Physics of Imaginary Objects, for it is about the implications for our lives of these objects we can only imagine. Read the story here at the Collagist.

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