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By Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books
The identify, A brilliant Soothing Noise, refers back to the sound that fireplace makes, promising not just light and heat but additionally violence and destruction. Brown’s maximum hero is Frank O’Connor, and prefer O’Connor’s his tales discover the ultimate bleakness of a countrywide lifestyles yet within the related second glow with its promise of affection and existence and belonging. Brown’s american citizens will try out nearly something to attach. they generally tend to drink an excessive amount of, to force too speedy, are a bit too violent of their passions or even a bit too spiritual. Too frequently they think, they trust—and in spite of this they don’t, based no longer a lot on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. they're consistently at the verge of anything larger. they simply need a little extra, just a little an excessive amount of, and whereas we as readers wish with all our hearts for them to get it, we additionally worry they may. “This hugely unique selection of tales has the scenic depth and caliber of Tennessee Williams's one-act performs. Meet a assorted forged of characters in unusual settings, and revel in their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, writer of April Fool’s Day: a unique and decide quantity 9: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in brief Fiction
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A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books