Heart Attack Watch

Heart Attack Watch Heart Attack Watch is built around disasters large and small those we know enough to fear but for which we can never prepare The blackout The car crash The diagnosis In these moments of reckoning Aly

  • Title: Heart Attack Watch
  • Author: Alyson Foster
  • ISBN: 9781620405437
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Heart Attack Watch is built around disasters large and small those we know enough to fear but for which we can never prepare The blackout The car crash The diagnosis In these moments of reckoning, Alyson Foster s characters grow achingly alive There is Julia, the dreamy school bus driver of The Theory of Clouds whose cohabitation with her partner, Danae, long unremHeart Attack Watch is built around disasters large and small those we know enough to fear but for which we can never prepare The blackout The car crash The diagnosis In these moments of reckoning, Alyson Foster s characters grow achingly alive There is Julia, the dreamy school bus driver of The Theory of Clouds whose cohabitation with her partner, Danae, long unremarked on in their factory town, becomes an issue when a group of environmental scientists arrive, galvanizing the community s hatred and suspicion There is Nina, the scrappy, home schooled girl in The Place of the Holy, who helps her mother care for the battered women who arrive at their door and for whom the arrival of a new male helper is the greatest threat Jane, the recent college dropout in the titular story, ponders the reaches of outer space and the limits of her own brain from atop a lifeguard chair during the eerie, early morning hours at the swimming pool, trying to ward off the moment she might need to act.Alyson Foster is a writer of fierce lucidity, and Heart Attack Watch shows her at the peak of her craft.

    One thought on “Heart Attack Watch”

    1. Full review to come, the last story in this collection is magnificent, Blight is heartbreaking, wonderful and subtle and made me weep It was a pleasure to read

    2. I could not put this down. Such a beautiful rendering of anxiety and tragedy and the beauty pulled between it. No surprise a Michigan grad wrote this!

    3. The stories in this collection are beautifully written. There is extreme clarity in the language and each one left me with something to ponder on to the extent I could not go directly from one to the next.I did receive a free copy but that has not influenced my opinion.A great read and I will be passing my copy along.Looking forward to reading God is an Astronaut!

    4. A collection of short stories all unified in their address of disaster, both emotional and natural. I enjoyed all of the stories, but none of them emotionally struck me, and they don't feel like ones that will remain with me as time goes on.

    5. Heart Attack Watch is a collection of moments. The one that got under my skin was Blackout- when there is a moment Leah is not where she should be, when it seems anything could have happened just a moment when a mother is looking for her child reminded me of all the uneasiness I felt as a mother. These stories aren't explosive but they do hum and the writing is lovely. Blight was quietly heartbreaking. Sight, like all our senses, is easily taken for granted. The terror of losing one's vision, an [...]

    6. I have found that with most short story collections that I either love them, or hate them. This one I didn't have strong feelings about either way. The stories weren't bad, but there are much better short stories out there, such as Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade, or In the Country by Mia Alvar.

    7. Heart Attack Watch is a collection of many stories. I enjoyed all of these stories, and I would have to say some of them hit close to home. It is a nice quick read.

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