Simona Fuma Shapiro

FLASH FRAMES

Carrying the Body By Dawn Raffel Scribner, 126 pages, $18. * * *|Staccato pacing, poetic phrasing and dark settings characterize Dawn Raffel’s debut novel. “Carrying the Body” is a thin volume that belies its emotional weight. The plot is simpler than the execution. A wayward, transient woman, Elise, returns to her childhood home