In addition to the title story, Intruder, there are two bonus stories,Engine Trouble and Hands of Fate. In Intruder, Karen Parker's husband is away on a business trip and she is home alone in a sparsely populated subdivision. They have only recently moved into the house and have not yet installed a security alarm. Also, she feels even more alone because she recently lost her beloved dog to a heart ailment. She is preparing for bed when she hears someone breaking in, then discovers she left her cell phone in her car...and her home phone line has been cut. The intruder succeeds in breaking in, and Karen finds herself in mortal danger.
In this haunting, beautiful third collection from Jill Bialosky, the poet examines the intrusion of eros, art, and the imagination on ordinary life.The lover who whispers “Is it still snowing? . . . Will you stay with me?” in the first poem reappears throughout the book in different guises—sometimes seemingly real, at other times as muse,…
In Engine Trouble, Kitty Delaney has a fight with her husband and runs home to her mother, who lives a hundred miles away. She has car trouble and stops at a garage on a lonely stretch of highway. She finds that an escaped killer has killed the attendant and takes her as hostage.
In Hands of Fate, three men are on a fishing trip. The driver purposely runs over a fox crossing the road. The driver and his two passengers suddenly find themselves in a ghastly situation.
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