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Your Duck Is My Duck

Stories

by Deborah Eisenberg

Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg X
Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg
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    Sep 2018, 240 pages
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    Jun 2019, 240 pages

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Deborah Eisenberg explores existential confusion and ennui in her charmingly eccentric fifth collection of short stories.

In this collection of six short stories, Deborah Eisenberg presents characters confronting limits and contradictions related to memory and perspective. If two people remember an incident entirely differently, for instance, who (if anyone) is correct? How much can information gleaned secondhand be trusted, particularly if one is hearing an account of someone no longer around to explain themselves? As one character wonders in frustration, "How would anybody know anything about anybody?"

This character, Emma, from the story "Taj Mahal," is piecing together facts about her mother's life from accounts related by her friends, all of whom were fellow Hollywood actors/actresses, now elderly and recalling their glory days. In another story, "Cross Off and Move On," the narrator recalls her childhood in which she was frequently shuffled off to the home of her three unmarried aunts when her ...

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