The Theory of Light and Matter
The Theory of Light and Matter:
by Andrew Porter
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Hole, the opening story in Andrew Porters debut collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, draws a blueprint for the nine that follow: A young man looks back on his suburban childhood, recalling the strange hole in his neighbors driveway and the day, a decade before, his friend climbed into it and died. The books other narrators struggle with the metaphoric gaps that manifest themselves in otherwise ordinary lives. “As he entered me for the first time, a woman says about her soon-to-be fiancé, it seemed that I had just opened up a hole in my life. A fathers decision to leave home had left a hole in our lives, says a boy, though we did not talk about that hole.
These various chasms are created by love affairs abruptly ended, fathers lost to mental illness, and a variety of common sins, mostly of omission. A husband
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