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By Marie-Helene Bertino

Safe as Houses, the debut tale selection of Marie-Helene Bertino, proves that now not all houses are shelters. The titular tale revolves round an getting older English professor who, mourning the lack of his spouse, robs different people's houses in their sentimental knick-knacks. In "Free Ham," a tender dropout wins a ham after her condo burns down and refuses to simply accept it. “Has my ham performed whatever wrong?” she asks whilst the grocer supervisor calls for that she declare it.

 

In "Carry Me domestic, Sisters of Saint Joseph," a failed advertisement author strikes into the basement of a convent and inadvertently discovers the secrets and techniques of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. a lady, hoping to speak her brother out of enlisting within the military, brings Bob Dylan domestic for Thanksgiving dinner within the quiet, dreamy "North Of." In “The inspiration of Marcel,” Emily, a conservative, dependent lady, has dinner with the belief of her ex-boyfriend, Marcel. In an evening packed with baffling coincidences, together with Marcel having dinner together with his notion of Emily, she wonders why we have a tendency to be extra in love with principles than with truth. out and in of the rooms of those gritty, whimsical tales roam bothered, humorous humans suffering to reconcile their conditions to a couple form of American excellent and failing, over and over. 

 

The tales of Safe as Houses are magical and unique and support solution such common and existential questions as: How a long way do we visit remain unswerving to our acquaintances? will we love a guy even supposing he's inches shorter than our perfect? Why doesn’t Bob Dylan ever have his personal smokes? And are there shopper saints for every thing, even misplaced socks and undesirable movies?

 

All houses will not be shelters. yet however, a few are. Welcome to the house of Marie-Helene Bertino. 

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