Casino & Other Stories
Casino & Other Stories pulls us beneath the surface of convention into uncharted and often unpredictable emotional territory. In this remarkable new collection of nine stories we see the painful collision of youthful innocence and the bleak wisdom of age; the ironies of love and the complexities of sexuality. Several stories experiment with time and the random intersection of lives, becoming explorations of the pattern and texture of everyday experience. Others capture the bittersweet moments when we see clearly, if only for a brief moment, into our own hearts.
Resonating with the nuances of silence and speech between parent and child, women and men, the stories move easily through a broad emotional and geographical range—from small town childhoods to urban violence, from nostalgia for a simpler past to the tensions of modern life. Burnhard has a gift for recreating the tensions of family life and the frailty of love: marriages dissolve, parents fear for their children, young people face uncertain futures. Writing with deceptive simplicity, she seduces us with the unexpected, unnerve us with the feared.