HomeContact UsOrderResources
Syracuse University Press  
Books by Subject 
   
New Books New books Fall 2015 Books Spring 2015 book catalog Seasonal Catalog Archive Books by Subject Awards Course Adoption Exam Copies Desk Copies Books by Title Books by Author Author Guidelines Order Information Domestic Orders International Orders Sales Representatives Contact Us Media About the Press Giving Join Mailing List
SPRING 2006 CATALOG

Lucy’s Eggs
Short Stories and a Novella

 
 
Rick Henry

Cloth $22.95    |    0-8156-0850-0    |    2006

In this remarkable collection, Rick Henry takes the simple events of small-town life and transforms them into richly poetic stories brimming with emotion.

Reviews
This debut collection includes four short stories and a novella, all set in rural New York around the turn of the 20th century. Henry’s subjects are ordinary people; his stories shine with careful description, and the situations are fresh and original. His regional slice-of-life vignettes portray a quiet alienation beneath the confining patterns of rustic American life, an alienation transcended by Lucy, the novella’s title character. She is a woman who gleans joy from the abundance and beauty of farm life, even though her most heartfelt intimations seem to come in the town cemetery, where one by one the citizens of her village are laid to rest. The novella is reminiscent of the novels of Willa Cather in both character and theme, although readers may intuit a touch of postmodernism in the disjointed metaphors and freak happenings that consistently unfold. This collection is useful for classroom analysis, since the stories and novella can be easily critiqued according to standard conventions of literary fiction.
Choice

Description
Lucy's Eggs: Short Stories and a Novella is a collection of four stories and a novella, all set in Homer, a town in upstate New York that is both particular and universal in its representation of small-town life. Rick Henry’s vivid characters, at once intimately familiar and wholly unique, are combined with masterful narration to deliver a series of stories the reader will not soon forget.

Set in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the title story chronicles the life of Lucy Delano as she bears witness to the dramatic changes that her small town confronts. Fiercely independent and deeply connected to the land, Lucy endures the loss of her parents, desertion by her husband, and alienation by the "townsfolk." Through Lucy’s blend of strength and vulnerability, Henry powerfully explores issues of individuality, loneliness, and grief.

In The Telephone Girl, a young man struggles to act on his emotions for Mimi, the telephone girl of the title. His paralysis, naïveté, and repression are deftly treated with humor and poignancy. Cardinal Wars details the competition between two neighbors to attract birds, specifically, colorful cardinals, to their backyards. For both women the birds represent the desire for companionship and survival, a bright, warm blast of color during the long, bleak winter.

Filled with energy and life, each story depicts vivid images of rural life and the deep but subtle range of human emotion. Henry’s lyrical, often elegiac, prose is evocative of Thornton Wilder and William Kennedy. This book will appeal to the general reader but especially to those with an interest in regional literature.

View other regional New York State books

Author
Rick Henry is an associate professor in the Department of English and Communications at SUNY Potsdam. He has published numerous short stories in The Connecticut Review, Between C & D, Short Story, and other literary journals. He is coeditor of The Blueline Anthology, also published by Syracuse University Press.

5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 168 pages


Lucy’s Eggs

Next Book in Catalog Order Direct Join Our Mailing List

Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, New York 13244-5290
315-443-5534   Fax 315-443-5545
supress@syr.edu   SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu
Copyright © 1999-2015 Syracuse University Press, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

home   new books   books by subject   seasonal catalog archive  awards   books in print   facebook   twitter   blog   exam copies   desk copies   author guidelines   domestic orders   international orders   sales reps   contact us   media   giving   newsletter   resources   mailing list   about

syracuse website development: customwebhelp.com