During a deadly Chicago heat wave that s claiming hundreds of lives, Robert, who s stuck in his apartment alone, fears he s going to be the next victim. In the apartment above him lives a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran who talks obsessively about the corpses of his war experience while alternately listening to "Die Meistersinger" and "Madama Butterfly." One day, Robert ventures forth into the searing heat to gas up his car. Immediately he encounters enigmatic Lucy who is trying to escape her brutal fiance, Matthew Gliss. On ...

Beautiful Piece 2009, Northern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780875806297

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