Time Between Trains: Stories
by Anthony Bukoski
Welcome to Superior, Wisconsin, the westernmost port of the Great Lakes, home to a declining population, often-dismal weather, and dying ethnic communities. Despite the biting winter winds and the ore dust blanketing the city, miracles occur here. Thirteen short stories take place in this setting in Anthony Bukoski's fourth collection of stories within his Polish East End.
In the title story, the only Jewish train track inspector discovers a magical place behind the drab house of a lonely Polish schoolteacher; in "Closing Time," an accordion player working the bar of the local VFW finds an appreciative audience in a disillusioned German war bride; in "The Moon of the Grass Fires," a retired flour mill worker has a vision of ultimate goodness and meaning of his life one beautiful autumn evening as, covered with wheat dust, he takes a walk near the East End's abandoned ore docks.
"Lively and energetic, the stories in Time Between Trains have a strong cumulative effect; each builds on the others, creating an engaging sense of community. Bukoski writes about a lost world, a vital part of the American experience that is all too quickly fading."
TONY ARDIZZONE, author of In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu
"These stories evoke a time and place not too distant for many of us--the intersection of the Old World and new. Anthony Bukoski's Polish East End of Superior, Wisconsin, is a beautifully rendered community of proud people clinging to their ways even as around them, industry dries up, shops are boarded, and fewer trains arrive at the station. A lovely celebration of the ways ordinary lives are extraordinary."
LESLIE PIETRZYK, author of Pears on a Willow Tree
ANTHONY BUKOSKI, the grandson of Polish immigrants, grew up in Superior, Wisconsin. In 1965 he served as a Marine in DaNang, South Vietnam. He holds an A.M. from Brown University and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, have twice won special mention, and have appeared in many literary venues in the U.S. and Canada. Currently he teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He and his wife live in the home where he was reared.
Publishing House: Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas 2003
HardCover book measuring 6.25" x 9.25"
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