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McSweeneys, 2008 - Fiction - 215 pages
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A man follows his wife. The wife follows a stranger. The stranger leaves town and the man goes after him, determined to settle the score. But the man is not the only one looking for the stranger, and the stranger has troubles of his own. Amid all this, the earth quakes, a boy leaps out a window, and a dolphin swims free. Of course people have adventures of this kind--of course! of course!--but we've never heard of it before. With deadpan humor and skewed wordplay, Deb Olin Unferth weaves a mystery of hope and heartbreak.

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User Review  - MlleEhreen - LibraryThing

Quirky and elegantly written, VACATION is a typical McSweeney’s book. The story is a combination of the banal and the odd; a simple tale of an unraveling marriage that takes a sharp detour into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - devdev365 - LibraryThing

The novel offers that incredibly satisfying form of narrative arc in which characters' paths converge and diverge in unexpected ways, here across a thematically unified landscape of isolation, of ... Read full review


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Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the story collection Minor Robberies (one volume of 145 Stories in a Small Box). Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Harper's, NOON, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and elsewhere.

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