By Greg Jackson
“People are bullets, fired,” the narrator pronounces in a single of the wild, looking tales that make up Greg Jackson's Prodigals. A filmmaker escapes manhattan, followed through a girl who could be his therapist, as a violent typhoon bears down. A attorney within the throes of divorce seeks shelter at her seashore cottage in basic terms to discover a vagrant woman residing in it. A dilettantish banker sees his pursuits laid naked whilst he comes lower than the impression of 2 unusual sisters. a gaggle of associates gathers within the California desolate tract for one final bacchanal, and a journalist reveals his stopover at to the French kingdom domestic of a former tennis famous person taking a deeply unnerving turn.
Strivers, misfits, and kids of privilege, the stressed, sympathetic characters in Jackson's dazzling debut hew to ardour and perversity via life's tempests. Theirs is a quest for which means and authenticity in lives spoiled through self-knowledge and haunted by way of non secular longing. Lyrical and unflinching, cerebral and surreal, Prodigals maps the degradations of up to date existence with perception and beauty, from the comedy of our foibles, to the granular dignity of expertise, to the pathos of our longing for domestic.
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She remained quiet, for she sensed that the moment she started to speak her mind, she’d meet with nothing but frustration. She also knew that if her talk with the lady dragged on, she couldn’t quickly return to her sister-in-law and Siwŏl, who were eagerly awaiting her on the back porch. Furthermore, she knew that the lady-in-law was notorious for her slanderous tongue, given to embellishing secondhand stories with her own lies, and that when it came to girl students, she went all-out to smear and malign them.
Little is known of her activities and whereabouts from 1932 to 1935, but reportedly she returned to Tokyo and studied music and French. Back home by 1936, Kim tried to revive her literary career by publishing children’s stories and confessional poems, which recaptured her years of suffering and despair from social ostracism. With her poem “Kŭmŭm pam” (The night of the last day of the month; 1939), her literary career came to an end. Little is known about her life or literary activity thereafter.
She sat blinking in silence. The cool breeze blowing in from the backyard carried with it the young women’s gleeful peals of laughter, strong enough to crack a china dish. ” the rice-cake peddler asked, wiping away her sweat with an exhausted look as she set her wooden rice-cake bowl down on the edge of the porch. About forty years old, her face pockmarked, her hair twisted atop her head and carelessly covered with a colorful cotton kerchief, the rice-cake peddler never missed her daily visit to the Yi house.
Prodigals: Stories by Greg Jackson