The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

Stories From the Dakota Plains

Book - 1992
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In the thirteen stories of "My Body to You, " thirteen women or girls pilot their own bodies through a shifting universe of lovers old and young, parents devoted and destructive, sisters of different sexes, children and adults living in the mysterious world of autism. All these characters share keen powers of observations and a heightened sensuality. In a wild variety of settings, they struggle to controlOCoor dare to abandon themselves toOCotheir intensely private passions.
A woman in love with a gay man she calls Sister Kin attempts to escape the bonds of her own body. An eighteen-year-old virgin enters into a passionate affair with an older man who turns out to be a virgin of a different sort. A special education teacher in a school for aggressive teenagers finds herself attracted to another teacher, also female. An intelligent outcast girl bonds with her mindlessly seductive mother to form OC one person.OCO
Searle reveals other characters through inventive and often comic feats of narrative daring. A girl grows into womanhood during a single family dinner that spans twenty years. A middle-aged wife, once dubbed OC The First Most Beautiful Woman in the World, OCO watches her former selves parade before her family in a lively evening of home movies. Two womenOCoone recently divorced, the other a group home resident in love with The WhoOCojoin forces as they figure out OC What to Do in an Emergency.OCO An old woman experiences both physical breakdown and spiritual breakdown in a supermarket's vegetable department. A young woman is drawn into the emotional and sexual life of an autistic boy obsessed with the number 8.
Each of these stories is written in a language that strives to match the intensity of Searle's characters; each gives the reader an exceptionally intimate portrait of a unique female and the central, sensual mystery of her body."
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c1992
ISBN: 9780877453871
Branch Call Number: FICTION Young
Characteristics: 126 p. ; 24 cm


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