By Rose Marie Kinder
---Laura Kasischke, MLFA judge
"I learn A Near-Perfect Gift from begin to finish with out preventing, and, while i ended, came upon myself sitting in my darkened place of work, infused with an unforeseen experience of peace."
---Eileen Pollack, MLFA judge
The tales in A Near-Perfect Gift revolve round the usually hardscrabble small-town existence in a single rural village. like every different neighborhood inhabited by means of the human race, it is a position the place the banal and the inconceivable coalesce, a spot with its percentage of universal tragedies and unusual madmen: a few howl on the moon, whereas others turn into heroes. There are the 2 outdated women down the road who may be witches and has to be exorcised, and the fellow who plucks chickens for a dwelling. it's in the perimeter of this offbeat microcosm of the area that likely small questions---often the sort that youngsters ask, coming up from a kid's imagined knowing of the way the grownup international works---assume an eerie portent: was once snake underneath the woodpile? may perhaps a pregnant bat climb out of a gap within the floor? The solutions by no means stop to surprise.
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