These stories take place in an upscale suburb of Portland, Oregon, but they could be taken from any number of similar enclaves across the United States. Each of the stories begins with an entry from the newspaper's police blotter. Elissa Minor Rust fills in the background to these small, odd events-a headless parakeet found in mailbox, a nude jogger, an alarmingly deathlike discarded teddy bear. Her stories, both humorous and disturbing, dive beneath the clear, hard surface of a community into the murky complexities that swirl beneath.Nathan suggests strapping her into her car seat and placing it on top of the washing machine, which only makes her ... Still, within half an hour, Jim and Brenda are in the car, on the way to the emergency room at Meridian Park Hospital.
|Title||:||The Prisoner Pear|
|Author||:||Elissa Minor Rust|
|Publisher||:||Ohio University Press - 2005|