Going Away Shoes

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Algonquin Books, Sep 14, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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The foibles of the people in Jill McCorkle’s world are so familiar that we want nothing so much as to watch them walk into—and then get out of—life’s inevitable traps. Here, in her first collection in eight years, McCorkle collects eleven brand-new stories bristling with her characteristic combination of wit and weight.

In honeymoon shoes, mud-covered hunting boots, or glass slippers, all of the women in these stories march to a place of new awareness, in one way or another, transforming their lives. They make mistakes, but they don’t waste time hiding behind them. They move on. They are strong. And they’re funny, even when they are sad.

These stories are the work of a great storyteller who knows exactly how—and why—to pair pain with laughter.
 

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User Review  - blhooley - LibraryThing

This group of stories seem to be written by a woman whose experience with men has now evolved / devolved / certainly migrated to some position in which women view men much like one would dogs. They ... Read full review

GOING AWAY SHOES: Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another fine collection from short-fiction master McCorkle (Creatures of Habit, 2001, etc.), in a very dark mood indeed.The title story sets the tone, limning the constricted life of a woman who stays ... Read full review

Contents

GOING AWAY SHOES
1
SURRENDER
29
MIDNIGHT CLEAR
51
ANOTHER DIMENSION
75
HAPPY ACCIDENTS
117
VIEWMASTER
135
PS
141
DRIVING TO THE MOON
165
MAGIC WORDS
195
INTERVENTION
223
ME AND BIG FOOT
249
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Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com. 

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