Not So Grimm: Gentle Fables and Cautionary Tales
. Laughing Cactus Press . Abilene, Texas
PS3608.A5446 N6 2009 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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These stories belong somewhere in the general territory of magic realism or fairy tales. The back cover speaks of Haigler's being a master at navigating the shadowy boundary between the 'magic' and the 'real.' I tried two shorter stories. Chronological Order (37) plays with the experience of a woman who has to close up shop late in a terrible snowstorm. She barely notices a thump on the way home but distinctly notices that all her clocks are stuck the next morning on 11:10. Then she hears of a man frozen the night before in the parking lot of the mall. Did he die at 11:10? Did she hit him? Guardian (55) has a young man bumping into safety and security advertisements, claims, and warnings all day long until he arrives home and a man named Angelo Guardi knocks on their door and urgently wants to see his wife. The man hurries the wife to the door and then out the building as it bursts into flames. Only the title of this book seems to mention fables, and I doubt that there are any fables here. Printed on demand in November, 2009, in LaVergne, TN.