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The Resource The truth about death : and other stories, Robert Hellenga

The truth about death : and other stories, Robert Hellenga

Label
The truth about death : and other stories
Title
The truth about death
Title remainder
and other stories
Statement of responsibility
Robert Hellenga
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Truth About Death, the title novella of this virtuosic collection, is a masterpiece of sardonic humor that confronts Death head on and emerges bloody but unbowed. Simon, an undertaker, embalms his father and is facing his own death. Louisa, Simon's mother, makes peace with her husband over his dead body in a cooler in the basement of the funeral home. Simon contemplates the mystery of death over a plate of spaghetti cacio e pepe in Rome with an Italian undertaker. The dog, Maya who works as a greeter at the funeral home where she comforts those who are grieving hardest eventually makes the truth about death known to Elizabeth, Simon's wife. New Yorker cartoons keep the family laughing during the most difficult months, so Simon decides to submit his own (included here), leading Elizabeth to seek further clarification in a meeting with the New Yorker cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, at his office. The serious issues cleverly addressed in The Truth About Death are touched with warmth, humor, and deep feeling in the eight "Other Stories," not by invoking comforting fairy tales but by accepting the fact that death and grief are part of the natural order of things. As Maya explains to Elizabeth, "It's just the way things are.""--
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Summary
"The Truth About Death, the title novella of this virtuosic collection, is a masterpiece of sardonic humor that confronts Death head on and emerges bloody but unbowed. The serious issues cleverly addressed in The Truth About Death are touched with warmth, humor, and deep feeling in the eight "Other Stories," not by invoking comforting fairy tales but by accepting the fact that death and grief are part of the natural order of things."--
Storyline
Tone
Character
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Provided by publisher
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10481704
Cataloging source
DLC
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1941-
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Hellenga, Robert
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
short stories
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True
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  • FICTION
  • Short stories
  • Short stories
Target audience
adult
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and other stories
Label
The truth about death : and other stories, Robert Hellenga
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The truth about death -- A Christmas letter -- For sale -- The second coming -- Snapshots of Aphrodite -- I speak a little French -- How to write a memoir -- The mountains of light -- Pockets of silence
Control code
ocn907966111
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781632862914
Lccn
2015031690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)907966111
Label
The truth about death : and other stories, Robert Hellenga
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The truth about death -- A Christmas letter -- For sale -- The second coming -- Snapshots of Aphrodite -- I speak a little French -- How to write a memoir -- The mountains of light -- Pockets of silence
Control code
ocn907966111
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781632862914
Lccn
2015031690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)907966111

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