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   Prayers of an Accidental Nature

Prayers of an Accidental Nature
by Debra Di Blasi

Category: Fiction / General
224 pages; ISBN: 1-56689-083-7

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Paul Lappen


This group of contemporary stories looks at people from different walks of life driven by a need or a yearning; for sex, healing or even death. There is also a lot of dealing with cross-cultural differences.

Here are a few examples: a married couple become friends with a student from Bolivia who has a real talent for telling lies. Young South American men dump their American girlfriends as soon as the romantic heat has cooled. In another story, an American woman juggles two boyfriends from Argentina. Using the charade of an interview with her husband, a woman deals with the dissolution of her marriage. In death, an eighth-grade geography teacher gets back at her obnoxious tormentor; as a final tribute, her students stand around her grave reciting state capitals. The title story is about a blueblood young man and his unconventional (also South American) girlfriend, who meet his snooty, arrogant relatives, and have plans to marry and live in a small village in the mountains.

Di Blasi does a very good job looking at the dark side of intimacy. This is not a perfect group of stories, but its look at lost love and obsession with sex make it well worth reading.


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