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The Woman Who Married a Cloud by Jonathan Carroll

The Woman Who Married a Cloud by Jonathan Carroll

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For more than thirty years, Jonathan Carroll’s writing has defied genre conventions. Known for his novels—including The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, and many other compelling and often surreal stories—Carroll has also created an eloquent body of short fiction. The Woman Who Married a Cloud brings his stories together for the first time. In the title story, a matchmaking effort goes awry and leads one woman to a harrowing moment of self-discovery. In “The Heidelberg Cylinder,” Hell becomes so overcrowded that Satan sends some of his lost souls back to Earth. And in “Alone Alarm,” a man is kidnapped by multiple versions of himself. By turns haunting, melancholic, and enchanting, Carroll’s richly layered stories illuminate universal experiences, passions, and griefs. Described by NPR’s Alan Cheuse as “so richly imaginative, so intellectually daring,” The Woman Who Married a Cloud is essential reading for Carroll fans and short-story lovers alike.
For more than thirty years, Jonathan Carroll’s writing has defied genre conventions. Known for his novels—including The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, and many other compelling and often surreal stories—Carroll has also created an eloquent body of short fiction. The Woman Who Married a Cloud brings his stories together for the first time. In the title story, a matchmaking effort goes awry and leads one woman to a harrowing moment of self-discovery. In “The Heidelberg Cylinder,” Hell becomes so overcrowded that Satan sends some of his lost souls back to Earth. And in “Alone Alarm,” a man is kidnapped by multiple versions of himself. By turns haunting, melancholic, and enchanting, Carroll’s richly layered stories illuminate universal experiences, passions, and griefs. Described by NPR’s Alan Cheuse as “so richly imaginative, so intellectually daring,” The Woman Who Married a Cloud is essential reading for Carroll fans and short-story lovers alike.

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The Woman WhoMarried a Cloud
HOW COULD SHE EVER tell him
that 
? How could she ever look himin the eye and say I’m sorry, but sex with you doesn’t work. I don’tlike how you touch me. I don’t like the way you kiss, and worst of allis your smell. She’d read once that if you don’t like another person’ssmell it’s because your genes are wrong for each other. An early  warning system from the body, it’s saying that if you get together withthis person and have children, they’ll likely be damaged—so don’t doit. Maybe she could tell him
that 
and make it sound like a biologicalproblem: I like you, but our physical chemistry is wrong for eachother, etcetera.But he had so many good qualities too—funny and generous,thoughtful and patient. What more can you expect from a partner?“I’ve been seriously thinking about calling in a Hate Writer.”Ramona closed her eyes and shook her head. “I was afraid you were going to say that. Is it really that bad? Isn’t there any way of saving things?”They were in that bar on 4th Street with the good homemade
THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A CLOUD
Jonathan Carroll
 
 draft beer and the handsome Dutch bartender who speaks fivelanguages.The two Candelen sisters, Lia and Ramona (Ray), sat next toeach other. The bartender, Menno, stood directly across the bar fromthem and leaned on it with both arms extended. As always, he washappy to watch the two women talking together. He liked them both.He loved one of them. A moment before he’d brought them beer iniced mugs. They’d waited for him to return before continuing theirconversation. Menno was Ray’s husband. After taking a small sip of beer Ray cautiously asked, “How many times did you kill him?”“Two. The last time I shot him point blank. He was dead for likean hour, but then I walked into the kitchen and there he was—eatingscrambled eggs.”Menno snorted and shook his head. “Does that guy ever eatanything
besides
scrambled eggs?”Both sisters made almost the same face—exasperatedamusement. Amused exasperation. It was true—it seemed like Patrick ate nothing but scrambled eggs.“That’s mainly my fault. It was the only thing I said he ate whenI made him.” Lia sighed.“Yeah but you’ve already shot him two times, Lia. That’s righton the border.” Ray turned to Menno and took his hand. Across thetop of it was a tattoo of a bull terrier dog. He’d had it done for her because she loved the breed and he’d recently bought her a puppy.“What was the most times I ever killed you?”“Two.”She dropped his hand. “Get
out 
! I never killed you two times. Itnever came that close.”
Jonathan Carroll
THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A CLOUD

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