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Travellers in Magic

Stories

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Fifteen stories of ordinary lives that take fantastic turns

Robert never quite feels at home with Cassie’s family, a gang of eccentrics including a reptile smuggler, a worshipper of Osiris, and an old woman who believes her photographs can see into the future. When he breaks up with Cassie, she is so upset that she gives him the most terrible thing she can offer: an envelope of her grandmother’s photos, which show in detail the path that Robert’s life will take. At first, this vision of the future gives him strength—but soon it becomes a prison on glossy paper.

A Nebula and Hugo Award finalist, “Cassandra’s Photographs” demonstrates all the power of Lisa Goldstein’s imagination. Whether she is writing about shape-shifting aliens or kind-hearted ghosts, Goldstein’s fantasies remain grounded in reality, supported by the kind of crystalline prose that takes a lifetime to master. This collection also includes the Nebula Award finalist “Alfred.”
 

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 28, 1994 – This volume gathers all of Goldstein's short fiction to date, 14 stories published between 1984 and 1994 plus one (``Split Light'') making its debut here. Ranging from science fiction (``Midnight News'') to myths and fairy tales seen through a modern lens (``Ever After,'' ``Rites of Spring'') to historical fantasies (``Infinite Riches,'' ``Split Light''), these tales are otherwise surprisingly unified: they're all told in Goldstein's plain, precise prose and simple but poetic imagery, and none venture off Earth, or even far from the everyday world. Goldstein (Summer King, Winter Fool) is more interested in parent-child relationships and her characters' struggles against self-imposed limitations than in genre spectacle. In ``Cassandra's Photographs,'' a man gets a peek at his future that first thrills, then dismays and finally frees him. In ``The Woman in the Painting,'' a shape-shifting alien becomes an artist's ideal model, mirroring how women often adapt themselves to other's expectations, losing themselves in the process. Goldstein is at her best in the stories that touch on themes of Jewish experience, such as the Holocaust: the touching ghost story ``Alfred,'' the vivid and effective ``A Traveller at Passover'' and, perhaps best of all, ``Breadcrumbs and Stones,'' which combines fairy tales and Holocaust memories in a tale of tragedy and hope.
Travellers in Magic
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Oct 21, 2014
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 277 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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