A River in Egypt

ISBN
9780571352494
Published
07/03/2019
9780571352494
Format
Paperback
Price
£3.50
Paperback
48

About the Book

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

In his masterful story ‘A River in Egypt’, David Means paints a portrait of a moment. Cavanaugh and his young son are suspended; trapped in what a nurse calls ‘the sweat chamber’, where the boy will be tested for cystic fibrosis.

Cavanaugh has brought distractions – spasmodic action figures, malformed toy trucks – but they do little to alter the frustration of the sick child screaming, or to alleviate the anxiety of the time spent waiting for ‘some exactitude in the form of a diagnosis’.

Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. In his masterful story ‘A River in Egypt’, David Means paints a portrait of a moment. Cavanaugh and his young son are suspended; trapped in what a nurse calls ‘the sweat chamber’, where the boy will be tested for cystic fibrosis.Cavanaugh has brought distractions – spasmodic action figures, malformed toy trucks – but they do little to alter the frustration of the sick child screaming, or to alleviate the anxiety of the time spent waiting for ‘some exactitude in the form of a diagnosis’.Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.
  • David Means

    David Means is the author of A Quick Kiss of Redemption, Assorted Fire Events, and The Secret Goldfish. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zeotrope and Best American Short Stories. He lives in Nyack, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.

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