By John Blair
Selected by means of Elizabeth Hardwick
It is tough to determine what lurks underneath the outside of a muddy river, an alligator-infested lake, or a John Blair brief tale. The deep currents that force a demure, religious, church-going lady to shoot her husband; the ripple impact of a nighttime rendezvous at church formative years camp that is going slightly—then horribly—askew; the sinkholes that could swallow Porsche dealerships—or marriages; what's dredged up in American Standard can't simply be forgotten.
Set quite often in significant Florida, Blair’s tales are packed with humans residing lives of disquieting longing and obdurate isolation. For them, this is often the yank ordinary, as ubiquitous and undistinguished as vitreous china rest room fixtures.
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