By Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books
The name, A brilliant Soothing Noise, refers back to the sound that fireplace makes, promising not just heat and light but in addition violence and destruction. Brown’s maximum hero is Frank O’Connor, and prefer O’Connor’s his tales discover the ultimate bleakness of a countrywide existence yet within the similar second glow with its promise of affection and existence and belonging. Brown’s american citizens will try out virtually something to attach. they generally tend to drink an excessive amount of, to force too speedy, are a bit too violent of their passions or even a bit too spiritual. Too frequently they suspect, they trust—and nevertheless they don’t, based no longer loads on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. they're continually at the verge of anything higher. they just need a little extra, just a little an excessive amount of, and whereas we as readers wish with all our hearts for them to get it, we additionally worry they may. “This hugely enjoyable number of tales has the scenic depth and caliber of Tennessee Williams's one-act performs. Meet a various forged of characters in unusual settings, and revel in their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, writer of April Fool’s Day: a unique and decide quantity 9: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in brief Fiction
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When that apron came off, nothing Raymond nor any of the others said mattered: the kitchen and diningroom were clean and it was time to go. He was a head taller than Raymond, two heads taller than me. He was as slender as a shortstop but not so limber anymore— sometimes on Sunday mornings when he came in, the kitchen was cold and he limped about in his apron till he warmed up. He kept to himself that first hour in a manner I never understood. I watched him as I came and went from the diningroom, how he ignored us as the grill heated up; he stared at the headlines for a long time before he licked his thumb and began moving his 40 Since It’s You 41 fingers through his newspapers.
When I came home in the afternoon the concrete had set enough that though the pigs had broken out of their hut, they hadn’t gotten under the fence. I climbed over again and had them all about my feet, stepping on my toes with their sharp tiny hooves and staring up into my face for some explanation. I pulled down the remaining blocks and pulled out the nails and laid the plank back up into the doorway. I gave them an extra scoop of feed and Mom filled the bucket with slops again and they charged through their meal.
He went about all this with a kind of mute authority I despised. In the afternoon I watched from the kitchen window as he went back and forth from the garage through the orchard with a big wooden toolbox or a sledgehammer in his fist, and my hatred expanded with every step he took. With his new tool belt, his Redwing lace-ups and his new muscles, he had transformed overnight from a strange city kid to a phony redneck— the charade reached its asinine perfection in the afternoon when he called the farmer next door and told him he wanted to raise pigs.
A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books