The eleven stories in What Shines from It are rife with physical and psychic gashes; the collection found its title in an Anne Carson poem—“If all the lamps in the house were turned out,/ you could dress this wound/ by what shines from it.” In “Beholden” girl meets boy meets the unsettled spirits of post-9/11 New York City, but her future can’t hold them all. In “Kitten,” a struggling veteran and his wife argue over adopting an abandoned kitten, deepening their financial and emotional rifts. In “A State of Abandon,” a ghost-baby ravages a woman’s body following a late-term miscarriage, all teeth and claws. And in the title story, a married potter falls in love with a married geologist and discovers the luminosity and hard-won beauty of being broken.
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