The Bell at the End of a Rope Abby Frucht

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The Bell at the End of a Rope  by  Abby Frucht

The Bell at the End of a Rope by Abby Frucht
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Short stories about children and aspects of childhood, especially that nether zone between what is actual and what is felt, imagined, desired, feared, etc. The jacket description reads: Abby Fruchts new story collection, THE BELL AT THE END OF AMoreShort stories about children and aspects of childhood, especially that nether zone between what is actual and what is felt, imagined, desired, feared, etc. The jacket description reads: Abby Fruchts new story collection, THE BELL AT THE END OF A ROPE, brings us intimately into the lives of characters who are as bizarre as they are endearing.

A woman visits her sister, only to find that the sister, who is slowly unhinging, has made an enormous seafood feast for a former congresswoman she neglected to invite- an eight-year-old girl punches her kindred spirit in the nose just to see what it feels like- a woman who once hid her smoking from her disapproving husband loses interest in cigarettes after his death. Frucht’s deadpan yet playful voice remarks the most fantastical situations constantly occurring amid the ordinary.

Her stories ask: What’s normal, anyway? What is life if not unpredictable, unbelievable, and bizarre enough to keep us wanting more?“The first time I read a story by Abby Frucht I experienced something we all want when engaging with art: I felt completely full, and thrilled, and scared. I walked out into the cold night and kept walking. Not lost, but needing to be in the world because after reading Frucht the world felt different, it felt more intimate.

The Bell at the End of a Rope is an incredible, ecstatic, funny, dark collection. Reading it is an experience much like watching a house on fire: there is danger, there is destruction, but there is also beauty, light, and above all . . . heat.”—Matthew Dickman“A perfect reading experience: colorful, unpredictable characters, stories that charm and startle, and language that is precise and utterly original. Wit, humor, and pathos. The real winner is the reader.”—Evan Fallenberg“A magnificent collection of stories.”—Robin Oliveira



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