By Daniel Curley

In Daniel Curley's tales, passionate rage and funky, transparent hatred regulate the phrases of even the main easy human relationships, etching abnormal styles at the floor of the common world--a guy applies the equipment of Mata-Hari to the duty of keeping an eye on his ex-wife; the sufferer of a pickpocket plots mental revenge at the felony inhabitants of a Mexico urban bus line; a spurned lover summons all his energy and braveness to free up a roomful of snakes held captive through his rival.

For the main half, the figures within the panorama of those tales are women and men appearing the rituals that result in and clear of marriage. In "The First Baseman," a guy within the means of getting a divorce falls in love with a participant on a woman's softball workforce, yet their dialog by no means is going a long way past the topic of her batting ordinary. In "Trinity," an estranged couple introduced jointly back by way of the dying in their daughter reveals that they can't recreate both their love or their baby. And in "Wild Geese," a man's dream approximately his adolescence, while flocks of ducks patterned the sky, is interrupted and eventually shot-through by way of fevered photos of a tedious dinner party.

Nature exists as a safe haven in those tales, however it is a shelter quite often to be present in the shadow of the phobia of dying; within the recesses of reminiscence; past the bars that isolate zoo animals from an unruly global. Demonically sincere and occasionally violently humorous, Living with Snakes tells of a global the place love is at top a touch-and-go type of factor, the place occasionally women and men are sure jointly now not loads through affection as through mutual loss, mutual pain.

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