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Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing

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Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing

With this first book of fiction, a gifted writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part.

"Mule Killers" evokes the end of an era and of a grandfather's dreams when he decides to replace animal power on his farm with tractors. Two restless young girls in "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" live out their last summer of innocence, riding ponies recklessly and spying on their boss and the wealthy women who visit him. In "Phantom Pain," the Tennessee woods are a sliver of what they once were, men now hunt with GPS and cell phones, and the rumor of a dangerous panther on the loose stirs up a small town.

An unexpected vision of the beauty and mystery of life redeems the darkest moments in this stellar debut collection, a book that readers will want to read and reread.

Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
by Lydia Peelle

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2009
  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 0061724734
  • ISBN-13: 9780061724732