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Dancing Ducks and
Talking Anus

A short story by James Ferry

The lives of three lost souls collide in post-Vietnam America in this dazzling short story, available for the first time in more than thirty years.

A woman commits a shocking act of self-mutilation. The man she loves struggles to find his way home from a war he can’t quite leave behind. And the friend at the edge of their heartbreak seeks meaning in the Trickster tales that are the final legacy of his fading heritage.

At turns bleak, horrifying, sardonic, and perhaps even hopeful, “Dancing Ducks and Talking Anus” is a brilliantly written examination of the mutability of dreams and the vagaries of the human heart. A true modern American classic.

“One of the most touching and vivid Native American stories I’d ever come across.” (John Gardner)

“Updates a cult of pain that was here before the white man.” (John Updike)

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