By John Blair
Selected by way of Elizabeth Hardwick
It is hard to work out what lurks underneath the skin 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 middle of the night rendezvous at church formative years camp that is going slightly—then horribly—askew; the sinkholes which could swallow Porsche dealerships—or marriages; what's dredged up in American Standard can't simply be forgotten.
Set often in relevant Florida, Blair’s tales are jam-packed with humans residing lives of disquieting longing and obdurate isolation. For them, this is often the yank commonplace, as ubiquitous and undistinguished as vitreous china toilet fixtures.
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American Standard (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by John Blair