This is my current reading. Christie Hodgen’s debut publication, a book of short stories: Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw. I bought it second hand from some American book store, and it turns out that it’s a “discard” from Harris County Public Library.
Well, their loss is my gain, I thought. I don’t even know where Harris County is. I live in Australia, so I can be forgiven for that geographic ignorance, I guess. I found it – in Houston, Texas. Just for fun I looked up their catalog for other works by this great author.
Author keyword Hodgen, I typed:
The first two are excellent books, in my opinion. And down below another Hodgen (a poet, I wonder if he’s related to Christie?) was this book. It turns out they’ve got two copies now. So the readers of Harris County do still have the pleasure of reading Christie’s work, despite their ruthless discarding of this item. So we’re all winners! The first story in the book (the title story) is classic Hodgen – funny in parts, but an underlying deep sadness and an excellent characterization. It leaves me feeling rather troubled and disturbed.