Cities in the Sea

Cities in the Sea
Maura Stanton
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In Cities in the Sea , Maura Stanton taps into the mysterious force of the fairy tale, with its rhyming images and magic patterns. Hans Christian Andersen shows up as a character in one story, and his imagination and ability to reveal the truth through tale-telling sets the tone for the other stories in this collection, which explore the unstable, dangerous world beneath the calm surface of everyday existence.

These stories, set in the Midwest and the Southwest, in Florida and in Europe, blur the boundaries between fairy tale and verité. A range of characters - from a businessman to a pianist, from a county coroner to a hardware store clerk, from a Greek immigrant to a Danish artist - come to discover that the past is a ruined kingdom, lost forever, but still a place to visit in wish, dream, and memory.