Table of Contents
   Forewordp. xi
   Olinger Stories
      You'll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love Youp. 3
      The Alligatorsp. 7
      Pigeon Feathersp. 13
      Friends from Philadelphiap. 34
      A Sense of Shelterp. 41
      Flightp. 52
      The Happiest I've Beenp. 67
      The Persistence of Desirep. 81
      The Blessed Man of Boston, My Grandmother's Thimble, and Fanning Islandp. 91
      Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, a Dying Cat, a Traded Carp. 102
      In Football Seasonp. 122
   Out in the World
      The Lucid Eye in Silver Townp. 129
      The Kid's Whistlingp. 138
      Ace in the Holep. 144
      Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forthp. 152
      The Christian Roommatesp. 161
      Dentistry and Doubtp. 184
      A Madmanp. 190
      Still Lifep. 201
      Homep. 214
      Who Made Yellow Roses Yellow?p. 225
      His Finest Hourp. 237
      A Trillion Feet of Gasp. 248
      Dear Alexandrosp. 257
      The Doctor's Wifep. 261
      At a Bar in Charlotte Amaliep. 269
   Married Life
      Toward Eveningp. 283
      Snowing in Greenwich Villagep. 288
      Sunday Teasingp. 296
      Incestp. 303
      A Gift from the Cityp. 315
      Walter Briggsp. 334
      The Crow in the Woodsp. 340
      Should Wizard Hit Mommy?p. 344
      Wife-Wooingp. 350
      Unstuckp. 354
      Giving Bloodp. 361
      Twin Beds in Romep. 372
      Marching through Bostonp. 380
      Nakednessp. 389
   Family Life
      The Family Meadowp. 397
      The Day of the Dying Rabbitp. 401
      How to Love America and Leave It at the Same Timep. 411
      The Music Schoolp. 416
      Man and Daughter in the Coldp. 421
      The Rescuep. 428
      Plumbingp. 436
      The Orphaned Swimming Poolp. 442
      When Everyone Was Pregnantp. 446
      Eros Rampantp. 451
      Sublimatingp. 462
      Nevadap. 470
      The Gun Shopp. 480
      Sonp. 491
      Daughter, Last Glimpses ofp. 496
   The Two Iseults
      Solitairep. 505
      Leavesp. 510
      The Starep. 514
      Museums and Womenp. 520
      Avec la Bebe-Sitterp. 530
      Four Sides of One Storyp. 537
      The Morningp. 546
      My Lover Has Dirty Fingernailsp. 552
      Harv Is Plowing Nowp. 559
      I Will Not Let Thee Go, Except Thou Bless Mep. 564
   Tarbox Tales
      The Indianp. 573
      The Hilliesp. 579
      The Tarbox Policep. 584
      The Cornerp. 589
      A & Pp. 596
      Lifeguardp. 602
      The Deaconp. 608
      The Carol Singp. 614
      The Taste of Metalp. 618
      Your Lover Just Calledp. 623
      Commercialp. 630
      Minutes of the Last Meetingp. 636
      Believersp. 640
      Eclipsep. 645
   Far Out
      Archangelp. 649
      The Darkp. 651
      The Astronomerp. 656
      The Witnessesp. 661
      A Constellation of Eventsp. 666
      Ethiopiap. 675
      Transactionp. 682
      Augustine's Concubinep. 702
      During the Jurassicp. 708
      Under the Microscopep. 713
      The Balcuhitheriump. 716
      The Invention of the Horse Collarp. 719
      Jesus on Honshup. 723
      The Slumpp. 727
      The Sea's Green Samenessp. 730
   The Single Life
      The Bulgarian Poetessp. 737
      The Hermitp. 751
      I Am Dying, Egypt, Dyingp. 765
      Separatingp. 788
      Gesturingp. 799
      Killingp. 810
      Problemsp. 820
      The Man Who Loved Extinct Mammalsp. 823
      Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizerp. 829
   Index of Titlesp. 835