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Antonya Nelson. Bloomsbury, $25 (304p) ISBN 978-1-59691-574-9
In this powerful collection of 11 short stories, Nelson's brilliantly constructed characters negotiate love, family, home and truth. Nelson consistently pays exquisite attention to detail, resulting in rich, vivid characters and settings. In "OBO," a family is gathered together for the holidays, their day reflected in the items on the kitchen table: "sparkling glitter that stuck in the syrup ... then later ... came the peanuts and poker chips and whiskey." In "Kansas," a wife's pregnancy Ca weapon …