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I can see this is a mostly dormant community but I'll give this a go anyway.

My home seems to be inflicted with a Connie Willis-loving gnome. Impossible Things is missing, so is Fire Watch and even the collections Alien sex and Off limits, which include her stories, are gone. 

This is not a happy state of affairs 36 hours before I have to finish and record the sci-fi radio show I'm doing while trying to include some discussion about  "All my darling daughters" (I do have it in a collection called Future on fire - it says "edited by Orson Scott Card" in big bold letters on the on the cover which is probably what threw the gnome off). 

What I need - and desperately hope to get from anyone reading this - is some discussion about the story found in any of these missing books. Specifically from Willis herself. I remember reading it in one of the books - oh 10 years ago or so - but would really appreciate getting the full text.

I've been working for 15 hours straight today - in case anyone's wondering about the rambling.
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Date:May 7th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I have those gnomes, too.

I don't recall much, if any, commentary on the story. I was so overwhelmed by it, I've searched a bit to find out more about it, as if reading more about it would make it stop hurting so bad, and I have mostly come up empty.
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Date:May 7th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
What an evil gnome! Or else a gnome with exceptionally good taste.

Do you mean the intros that Willis writes for the stories in her short story collections? I found it in Fire Watch and Marble Arch, it's not in Impossible Things. There aren't any intros for the stories in Marble Arch, but here's what it says in Fire Watch:

"When she was forty years old, Elizabeth Barrett sneaked out of her house on Wimpole Street to elope with Robert Browning. It was an astonishing thing for a Victorian woman to do, especially someone who had been an invalid for most of her life. The story has been so romanticized that it is easy to forget that she was running from as well as to something.

She referred to her life with her father, a possessive and autocratic man who would allow none of his children to marry, as 'my peculiar situation,' and tried to make it sound amusing. Browning, frantic to get her away from the man who encouraged his daughter's invalidism, called it slavery and wrote her angrily, 'I think I understand what a father may expect and a child should comply with.'

When Edward Moulton Barret found out what his daughter had done, he ruthlessly tried to destroy every trace of her, including her precious cocker spaniel, Flush. He didn't succeed. She had taken Flush with her. But she had left her sisters Arabel and Henrietta behind."

Good luck with your show!

Edited at 2008-05-07 01:15 am (UTC)
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Date:May 7th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
I don't know if I'm thinking of the intro (or was it afterword?) in Fire Watch or Alien sex (know it wasn't in Impossible things - see above re. rambling due to fatigue) but I do remember this so it's probably what I was thinking of. Thank you very much.

Now the question remains weather my audience is up for hearing about that particular story in detail at 10 am on a Sunday morning.
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Date:May 7th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Hee! That is a good question. I've actually never read that story all the way through to tell you the truth. One of these days I'll have to just grit my teeth and find out what it's all about.
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