Light Without Heat: Stories

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University of Alabama Press, Mar 7, 2012 - Fiction - 176 pages
3 Reviews
Matthew Kirkpatrick’s debut, Light without Heat, is an inventive, surprising collection of short stories full of odd, marginal characters rendered with surreal humor and lyrical, often beautiful language.
  Formally playful, these stories take the shape of biographies, instructions, glossaries, and diagrams, all ultimately in the service of depicting characters with emotional intensity.
  Stories in the collection explore the flawed nature of memory, workplace malaise, the isolation of home, and the last throes of ending love. No two stories in Light without Heat are the same, yet all of them work toward sharing human experience in new, innovative ways.
  

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An innovative debut! Kirkpatrick is an extremely talented young writer with a real knack for sensitive evocation of character and a delicate rendering of many of the subtle nuances of everyday life ... Read full review

Contents

Different Distances
1
Instructions
13
Light Without
15
Pennsylvania
39
The Saddening
41
Crystal Castles
47
Pineal Gland
61
Throw Him in the Water
63
Our Dependable Grampy
97
Animal Attacks
113
Glossary
115
The Board Game Monopoly
123
The Sodding
141
Pastoral
143
Iceland
151
Some Kirkpatricks
153

Nevada
77
The Celebrations
79
The Most Amazing Attic
93
Acknowledgments
175
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About the author (2012)

Matthew Kirkpatrick's fiction has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, Web Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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