Unlocking the Air: Stories

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HarperCollins, Dec 6, 1996 - Fiction - 224 pages
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This collection of mainstream stories, written from the early eighties to the mid-nineties, is a stunning example of the virtuosity of the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin. Diffusing the traditional boundaries of realism, magical realism, and surrealism, Le Guin finds the detail that reveals the strange in everyday life, or the unexpected depths of an ordinary person. Written with wit, zest, and a passionate sense of human frailty and toughness, Unlocking the Air is superb fiction by a beloved storyteller at the height of her power.

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A strange mix here. I had never read any of LeGuin's realistic fiction, and honestly, I found most of it pretty ho-hum. The stories that purported to be about people and relationships felt more like ... Read full review

Review: Unlocking the Air and Other Stories

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

A strange mix here. I had never read any of LeGuin's realistic fiction, and honestly, I found most of it pretty ho-hum. The stories that purported to be about people and relationships felt more like ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than one hundred short stories, two collections of essays, four volumes of poetry, and nineteen novels. Her best-known fantasy works, the Earthsea books, have sold millions of copies in America and England, and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her first major work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness, is considered epochmaking in the field because of its radical investigation of gender roles and its moral and literary complexity.

Three of Le Guin's books have been finalists for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are the National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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