Please Come Back To Me is another remarkable
collection by an author the New York Times has called "a
writer with an unsparing bent for the truth."
In "The Nurse and the Black Lagoon" a woman tries to
understand why her teenage son has been accused of a disturbing
crime. In "Testimony" an adult daughter visiting her father does
everything she can to keep herself from remembering what she
believes she cannot bear. A man returns to his hometown in "Dear
Nicole" to face the realization that he married the wrong woman out
of misplaced guilt. "Oregon" portrays the internal struggle of a
woman who, having years ago betrayed a secret entrusted to her by
her best friend, is tempted to repeat the mistake with the same
friend's daughter. And in the collection's novella, "Please Come
Back To Me," a young widow seeks faith and comfort-in both natural
and supernatural realms-after her husband's death leaves her alone
to care for their infant son.
On the surface, Jessica Treadway's stories offer realistic
portrayals of people in situations that make them question their
roles as family members, their ability to do the right thing, and
even their sanity. But Treadway's psychic landscapes are tinged
with a sense of the surreal, inviting readers to recognize-as her
characters do-that very little is actually as it seems.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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