Going Away Shoes

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Algonquin Books, Sep 22, 2009 - FICTION - 272 pages
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Jill McCorkle, a master of the short story whose work has been compared to that of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore, is a writer whose characters insist on our immediate and total attention. Here, in her first collection in eight years, are eleven new stories bristling with her signature wit and weight. One way or the other, all of these stories are about women looking love in the face without flinching. Some of them are confronting the reality of domestic disruption; others are simply flirting with the possibilities and dangers of change. McCorkle's characters make mistakes but aren't interested in hiding behind them. They get divorced or quit their jobs or tell people to step aside, and they move on.
From the first story, about a modern-day Cinderella contemplating escape, to the last, "Me and Big Foot," an idyll about finding the perfect prince, McCorkle s collection is the genuine article, the work of a great storyteller who knows exactly how and why to pair longing and 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 eight previous books, five of which were New York Times Notable Books. Two stories in Going Away Shoes were published in The Best American Short Stories. Winner of the New England Book Award, the Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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