A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories
W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2003 - Fiction - 464 pages
"These stories are full of surprises, jolts, and lightning strikes of recognition. Do yourself a favor and read Ron Carlson."—Stephen KingRon Carlson's stories come at us from all directions. Sometimes wicked or bittersweet, often zany, they are rich with a hard-earned hopefulness frequently absent in contemporary fiction. In this generous gathering from collections no longer available, longtime fans and new readers alike can savor the development of a master of idiosyncrasy.
In "Blazo" and other equally poignant tales, men and women are challenged when things don't work out as expected. Other stories deal with surprising transformations—for a baseball player turned killer-by-accident, for a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening. Here is a man accusing Bigfoot of stealing his wife, followed by Bigfoot's incomparable response. Not least of the treasures is "The H Street Sledding Record," a story perfect for family holiday reading, in which a young father "creates" the magic of Santa by throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve.
Prepare to be amused, moved, and disturbed by stories that make a difference.
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Review: A Kind of Flying: Selected StoriesUser Review - Jan Dominik - Goodreads
Lovely prose and very human characters. Even in the more silly stories - there's a great one about a sort of press conference about why a medieval cauldron failed to spill hot oil on an invading horde ... Read full review
Review: A Kind of Flying: Selected StoriesUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
Heard a story from this collection read by the author on This American Life: http://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-a... Read full review
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