By Rose Marie Kinder

"[Kinder] writes with the x-ray imaginative and prescient of a Sherwood Anderson, and with the perception of a Freudian analyst, an interpreter of desires, in language that may be besides suited for the conventional folktale or the fatherland newspaper as to poetry of the French surrealists. here's a choice of brief fiction for our occasions: a replicate held as much as the homely information, reflecting again to us the wild insides."

---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge

"I learn A Near-Perfect Gift from begin to finish with no preventing, and, while i ended, stumbled on myself sitting in my darkened place of work, infused with an unforeseen experience of peace."

---Eileen Pollack, MLFA judge

The tales in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve round the usually hardscrabble small-town lifestyles in a single rural village. like all different group inhabited by way of the human race, it is a position the place the banal and the inconceivable coalesce, a spot with its percentage of universal tragedies and unusual madmen: a few howl on the moon, whereas others change into heroes. There are the 2 previous girls down the road who should be witches and needs to be exorcised, and the fellow who plucks chickens for a residing. it truly is in the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the realm that doubtless small questions---often the sort that youngsters ask, coming up from a kid's imagined knowing of ways the grownup global works---assume an eerie portent: was once snake underneath the woodpile? may a pregnant bat climb out of a gap within the flooring? The solutions by no means stop to surprise.

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