The estate sale

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Spilman, Richard

Spilman, Richard. The Estate Sale. 1st ed, Texas Review Press, 2010.

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Geography is only partly about places. People carry the land inside them, in their voices and their habits and the actions they take when they are put under pressure. For me, the most geographic story in this collection is the title story, where the topography of the house and the topography of a man's mind join in a hymn of loss, and perhaps also hope. Being human, we make of the land what we will, but the land returns the favor. In the movie Left-Handed Gun, Pat Garrett walks in wider and wider arcs outside his home, saying , "This is my house! This is my house!" I hope I have done the same thing in these stories.