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Family dancing : stories (original 1983; edition 1984)

by David Leavitt

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Title:Family dancing : stories
Authors:David Leavitt
Info:New York : Distributed by Random House, 1984.
Collections:Your library, Started - Intend to Finish at a Later Date
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Tags:short stories, GLTB

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Family Dancing by David Leavitt (1983)

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Uneven mix of quality of short stories. Running themes; seems that some characters appear time and again. However, at the end of the short stories, one is left not knowing what exactly Leavitt is trying to say. ( )
  hansel714 | Jan 12, 2008 |
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...Though white is

the color of worship and of mourning, he

is not here to worship and he is too wise

to mourn-a life prisoner but reconciled.

With trunk tucked up compactly-the elephant's

sign of defeat-he resisted, but is the child

of reason now. His straight trunk seems to say: when

what we hoped for came to nothing, we revived.

Marianne Moore, "Elephants"
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For my mother
and for Debbie Keates
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Neil's mother, Mrs. Campbell, sits on her lawn chair behind a card table outside the food co-op.
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Tender, unsettling, and amusing, these stories present families all unhappy in their own different ways. A mother who presides over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter has trouble accepting her son's lover. A recently separated couple's compulsion to maintain a twenty-six-year tradition seems to magnify futility. The New York Times called this collection "astonishing - funny, eloquent, and wise."

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