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Doyle (“Owen”) Bond is a popular humorist whose slight build and dour looks win him chuckles even before he speaks. His wife Ellen is an unhappy Mormon housewife. Little do they know, trudging through the snow one evening, that fate—and instinct—are about to take them on a long flight south.
Through the eyes of these and other Utah and Arizona characters, Lewis Horne delicately probes the byways of the human heart, exploring small-town roots and urban dreams. In nostalgic self-revelation, Horne bares his, and his readers’, own souls in the process.
“Satisfying … rich in family history and family incident, moving, gentle, wise meditations on time and change.” —Guy Vanderhaeghe, author, Things as They Are
What Do Ducks Do in Winter?
And Other Western Stories
Lewis B. Horne
Salt Lake City
about the author: Lewis B. Horne was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He received a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Michigan. His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; and Saskatchewan Gold. Since 1971 he has been a professor of English at University of Saskatchewan.
“Zina’s Version” first appeared in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; “Mansion, Magic, and Miracle” in The Colorado Quarterly, then in Martha Foley, ed., Best American Short Stories 1974 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974); “One of the Kippers” in Event; “Time for a Showing” in San Jose Studies; “What Do Ducks Do in Winter?” in Ascent, then in Geoffre Ursell, ed., Saskatchewan Gold (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books, 1982); “His Brother” in The Missouri Review; “The Scorpion Fire” (as “Taking Care”) in Virginia Quarterly Review, then in William Abrahams, ed., Prize Stories 1987: The O. Henry Awards (New York: Doubleday and Company, 1987); and “A Summer to Sing—A Summer to Cry” in Prairie Schooner.
Cover design: J. Scott Knudsen
Cover painting: Safe in the Fold, by Randall Lake, oil on canvas, 1991, private collection
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
What Do Ducks Do in Winter? : And Other Western Stories /
1. Western stories. I. Title.
PR9199.3.H594W43 1993 813′.54—DC20 9313571
01 – Zina’s Version
02 – Mansion, Magic, and Miracle
03 – One of the Kippers
04 – Secrets
05 – Time for a Showing
06 – What Do Ducks Do in Winter?
07 – His Brother
08 – South Robinson Street
09 – The Scorpion Fire
10 – A Summer to Sing—A Summer to Cry
11 – Blue Point