Visigoth: Stories

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Milkweed Editions, 2006 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Visigoth is a portrait of the American male -- gritty, violent, and fascinating. The protagonists in this collection of stories come from all walks of life -- hockey players, middle managers, political hopefuls, and wayward husbands -- but all share a tendency to turn towards violence when life begins spinning out of control. In "The Flyweight," an all-star high-school wrestler struggles with his own success and the expectations of others when he begins hearing voices after a schizophrenic breakdown. "Visigoth," the title story, depicts a college hockey player unable to understand that his relationship with an English professor is over. The novella "The Free Fall" focuses on a cycle of escalating violence in small farming and mining towns and the effect that it has on the main character and his family. Sharp, inquisitive, and witty, Visigoth challenges the reader to question the popular glory of violence in all its manifestations.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The male mind in all manners of disarray takes center stage in Amdahl's solid collection.The title story opens with a hockey player's memory of having his teeth knocked out—the sort of thing that ... Read full review

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Amdahl has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He is a staff writer and editor at ESRI Press.

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