Why the Long Face?: Stories

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Swank Books, 2008 - Fiction - 210 pages
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Fiction. Fifteen stories, at once playful and serious, simple and layered, familiar and not. Gertrude Stein and Buffy the Vampire Slayer track down the bridal party to save a Las Vegas wedding. An ambivalent geneticist disappears himself in Texas scrub country. A five-year-old in search of her lost mother walks a high-wire between her home and her lesbian neighbor's. These are stories about people yearning for connection with each other, with themselves, with whatever lies beyond.

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Ron MacLean works along the borders of experimental fiction in many of the stories in this collection. Reality comes and goes. That’s not bad – there’s a freshness in these stories, a sense of ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaesley - LibraryThing

An uneven, weird-for-weirdness-sake collection of short stories. I never quite managed to finish the entire thing, thanks to the off-putting nature of most if not all of the stories. The best are mediocre; the worst (Las Vegas Wedding, I'm looking at you), unreadable. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Ron MacLean's fiction has appeared in GQ, Greensboro Review, Prism International, Night Train and other quarterlies. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a Pushcart Prize nominee, and author of the novel Blue Winnetka Skies. Why the Long Face, a collection of stories, was published in fall 2008.

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