By Frederick Barthelme

ISBN-10: 0802134610

ISBN-13: 9780802134615

Frederick Barthelme has been applauded as one of many most interesting fiction writers in the United States this present day. In Chroma, he deals fifteen ordinary, stylish, and heartbreaking tales within which better halves supply away husbands, fans dispatch one another, and grown males thieve stray canines from parking plenty at sunrise. together with his based, laconic type and his completely tuned discussion, Barthelme creates an unforgettably wistful forged of characters, traditional humans relocating conscientiously and interestingly via a carefully painful global.

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You see a film on television at the motel, get a late start because you wait for the film, then watch it from beginning to end sitting with your legs crossed on the unmade double bed in your room. The film isThe Tin Star with Henry Fonda an aging bounty hunter rich in the lore of the West and of justice. You sit in your room without a woman and watch the movie on the fuzzy Motorola which the night manager says is the best set in the motel, and it isn't a wonderful film, but for you, for this moment, perfect.

Ray shrugs, waving his hands around. "No more king of the dorks, huh? Well, I can't go anywhere. " "Helene's about twelve," Tracy says. She wraps her arms around his neck, and he pretends he doesn't like it, picking them off. " She grins and pushes off. " Ray blushes, says, "That's your idea, you and Billy Hunter. " "Billy," Tracy says, explaining to me. "One of Ray's close, close friends. He's a happening guy. " She rattles the ice in her glass. " She goes in, leaving us staring at the cooker.

She wipes the bottom of her Tab can down the thigh of her pants. My neighbors are in the yard working on their bulb garden. They're a young couple with a new baby, and they have a dime-store coat of arms -- a painted wood shield with"THE HERNDONS" across the top,"ESTABLISHED 1977" across the bottom, and a duck in the middle -displayed next to their front door. "Not much privacy," Tracy says, motioning toward the couple. "What are they doing there, anyway? " "Bulbs," I say. They've been working on the garden since midwinter.

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