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By Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg's deeply etched and mysterious tales concentrate on members grappling with dislocations, ironies, and compromises levied through traditional truth and the shiny, troubling worlds her characters inhabit. With lyrical and glowing prose, Eisenberg pries open way of life to discover the hidden

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The priest was shown into the lounge, where the father and their three children were sitting. The priest attempted to make polite conversation, but was thwarted by the dog's antics. The dog smelled like it hadn't been washed in months, tracked mud allover the carpet and furniture, and ~obbled up some biscuits that the mother had thoughtfully provided. The priest decided it might be best to leave before the dog became even more embarrassing. " the priest exclaimed. " THE puppy In Chester, England, a young girl was thrilled to get a puppy for her birthday.

I was minding my own business, sitting in the back garden, when this kitten drops out of the sky and into my lap! " The man went back into his house and returned with the meowing kitten. BLUEBERRY CAT A woman from Richmond, Virginia, had just baked a blueberry pie and set it on the table to cool, when her two sons came home from school. The mother told them she was just going to visit the woman next door and they were not to touch the pie, as it was for dessert later. The boys helped themselves to a cold drink and were about to go outside and play, when the lure of the freshly-baked blueberry pie pulled them back and they decided to risk a small bite.

The city man had been too thick to know the difference between a bull and a deer. The farmer couldn't believe his luck-$3,500 the richer and three weeks worth of venison. 56 ANIMALS THE VISIT In Waterford, Ireland, a local priest was making the usual rounds of his parish. A family had just moved into the area and the priest was eager to make a good first impression to welcome them. As the priest approached the family's house, he noticed a large, playful dog in the front garden and gave it a friendly pat.

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