Through the Safety Net: stories
© 1985
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Through the Safety Net dives into the undercurrents of middle-class America with eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories. A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm to rescue a fianc´┐Że who no longer wants him. A hospital maintenance worker makes a perverse bid for his place in the sunlight of celebrity. A man and a woman who have lost their only child cling fiercely to the one thing they have left of her--their grief. Whether they know it or not, the characters of Safety Net are floating above an abyss of unruly desire, inexplicable dread, unforeseen tragedy, and sudden moments of grace.

Safety Net's "Gryphon", a story of a bizarre and magical substitute teacher, has been republished in numerous short story collections. Students interested in learning more about "Gryphon" should consult the page devoted to often asked questions about Gryphon.

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