Energized by the stillness of domesticity, a man begins to throw his belongings into the quarry behind his home: knives and fragile china, cast away and sinking. When his wife wakes up to find a dusty absence where their refrigerator once was, she knows to worry. Soon after, he throws himself into the quarry, too.
It’s an odd scene that could be thought of as parabolic, until in breaches into cloudy, incomprehensible territory. Like the man’s grieving wife, we’re left in a haze of earthy images.
“Hibernation,” the first story in Anna Noyes’ biting collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women isn’t about the man’s illness, but his wife’s response to it.
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