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!READ PDF ☢ On the Winding Stair ♴ Howard In the Colorless Round upends some traditional literary conventions in thesetales of startling description and beauty Her settings are bucolic, such as an abandoned farm house, a hilltop mansion and the ruins of a cider mill, each depicted in romantic language in a lavender twilight In the first story, Light Carried on Air Moves Less, a waiflike beauty stumbles upon an erotic book and apes the illustrations, all the while being watched by a curious specter In Captive Girl for Cobbled Horsemen, the author plays on the th century captive narrative, while Seascape tinkers with the maritime ghost story by featuring a widow who gradually comes to love the captain depicted in a painting Many of the stories simply showcase lush, serene description, such as The Scent of Apples, in which a recluse tends to his apple orchard, spied on adoringly by his orphan ward The last story, The Tartan Detective, features all the necessary accoutrements of detective fiction even the listening mechanism concealed in a potted fern Howard s sensuous prose is to be savored for its own sake Publishers Weekly Joanna Howard s short stories flit about like phantoms just as her characters are ethereal and haunting, her stories are framed by an aura of mystery and romance, with fleeting peaks of action Thestories in On the Winding Stair range from a vignette of an encounter to a novel in shorts that encompasses several generations Howard imbues all her tales with dream like action and sidelong description, which creates a haze around the narrative that, rather than disorient, lulls the reader into her sometimes euphoric, sometimes tragic world Her careful and practiced dismissal of the concrete allows the reader release from conventional concerns of plot and conflict, and ultimately celebrates the unknowable VerseIn her debut short story collection, Joanna Howard bends the expectations and cliches of mainstream mystery and paranormal writing to bring new surprises and intelligence to the genre Rebecca Brown says, These words are dreams or visions, fantasies, letters of things that are not quite love, buffooneries and comedies, scenarios from horror films you are afraid you ll one day see Howard joins Kelly Link and Shelley Jackson in redefining genre writing for a new audienceJoanna Howard holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from Bowling Green State University She teaches fiction writing at Brown University Each sentence in this collection is a gem There is a startling precision His passion is apples Their cultivation, their passage into the world in sharp, crisp greens, and the tenuous snap of their flesh wrenched from dripping cores 49 A great many beautiful sentences She slipped about the room like walking on petals on pillows on air 24 Moments that feel like an awakening of sorts I fell deeply asleep, and in my dreams the sea air and its vapors, gaining force, stirred the bed c Each sentence in this collection is a gem There is a startling precision His passion is apples Their cultivation, their passage into the world in sharp, crisp greens, and the tenuous snap of their flesh wrenched from dripping cores 49 A great many beautiful sentences She slipped about the room like walking on petals on pillows on air 24 Moments that feel like an awakening of sorts I fell deeply asleep, and in my dreams the sea air and its vapors, gaining force, stirred the bed clothes, and I awoke bathed 34 Landscapes you want to linger in This town wavers in the light, as though cut from silk 103 Things that feel like dreams Why not linger in this dream A dream which listens finally to the cacophony of the sensual 116 barely trembling still lives a la duchamp s TANT DONN S, howard s genre games hint at motion sea wrecks, cowboys at chase, revolutionaries and kidnappings, gypsies and sailors, violence and unleashed victorian sexuality but these tales remain defiantly frozen, artificial and perfected the accumulating effect is occasionally claustrophobic and often a mesmerized enthrallment.i dug The Scent of Apples for its rich tapestry of place and character, the gorgeous baroque style also, She Came f barely trembling still lives a la duchamp s TANT DONN S, howard s genre games hint at motion sea wrecks, cowboys at chase, revolutionaries and kidnappings, gypsies and sailors, violence and unleashed victorian sexuality but these tales remain defiantly frozen, artificial and perfected the accumulating effect is occasionally claustrophobic and often a mesmerized enthrallment.i dug The Scent of Apples for its rich tapestry of place and character, the gorgeous baroque style also, She Came from the East, which was a snappy, dark comedic act in fact what was surprising, throughout the book, was how the tight and detailed language opened up at times to, danced to the rhythm of, jokes one other to mention, because it seemed a distillation and symbol of her method, the opener Light Carried on Air Moves Less, whose climax of flickering poses uncannily animates the parched landscape around it