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The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over. In another a woman discovers she's been shooting heroin in a night trance and meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach. Most of the characters are displaced; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of them might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be what they need.
Polly Buckingham teaches at Eastern Washington University. She is founding editor of StringTown Press and Associate Director of EWU's Willow Springs Books. Author of A Year of Silence (Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award 2014), her poetry and fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane.
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