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By Steven Millhauser

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Martin Dressler comes a stunningly unique new ebook set in a Connecticut city over one exceptional summer time evening. The scrumptious forged of characters contains a band of stripling ladies who holiday into houses and easily depart notes examining "We Are Your Daughters," a tender girl who meets a phantom lover at the tree swing in her again backyard, a gorgeous model who steps down from her division shop window, and the entire dolls "no longer believed in," left deserted within the attic, who magically come to life.

With every one new publication, Steven Millhauser greatly stretches not just the bounds of fiction but additionally of his likely unlimited talents. Enchanted evening is a impressive piece of fiction, a compact story of loneliness and hope that's as hypnotic and wealthy because the language Millhauser makes use of to weave it.

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8 Goodnight! • who publishes in Novy Mir— and suddenly one fine morning you end up here. ” They all chortled when I forced out the words to say that they probably had a better idea why I was there. They laughed collectively. “ No, you try to find the reason yourself. . ” “ Try to guess. . ” I didn’t want to try. ” Aha, so that was it! . I w on’t go into my pointless and humiliating denials here. For several days I kept on listlessly re­ peating, “ I don’t know anything about it,” while they continued to hound me, chuckling as they caught me in one lie after another.

Only M ajor Krasilnikov, the leader of the group, flared up for some reason and shouted, “ D on’t you play the fool here! ” I wonder how far back he went— to Yezhov’s time, to Y agod a’s, or to the era of the master himself, Dzerzhinsky, whose penetrating eyes gazed sadly and reproachfully at me from a painting on the wall. “ Once upon a time there lived a poor knight. . — to drive a prisoner onto the path of redemption, which he must tread with his own two feet all the way to the greedily gaping jaws of the trial.

A sign of that impassable border, in m em ory o f the gaseous wall stream­ ing w ith hieroglyphics, forever crying o u t fo r the sea, the sea. . And in fact those eyeglasses did evidently mark a passage in my life, my entry into the realm o f the deficient and abnormal; I could no longer apprehend by sight o r by mind anything that I possessed either w ithin o r w ithout. The eyeglasses caused an uproar at home. “ Glasses! ” shouted my wife on the phone to an old friend o f ours w ho lived in Donetsk and w ho had connections in London, im ploring him in the name of friendship to use those connections to have precise English optics ground fo r me.

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