A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2003 - Fiction - 464 pages
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"These stories are full of surprises, jolts, and lightning strikes of recognition. Do yourself a favor and read Ron Carlson." —Stephen King

Ron Carlson's stories, sometimes wicked or bittersweet, often zany, are rich with a hard-earned hopefulness frequently absent in contemporary fiction. In this generous gathering from collections no longer available, longtime fans and new readers alike can savor the development of a master of idiosyncrasy.

Properly celebrated for his range, Carlson offers us a rural sheriff who's wary of UFOs ("Phenomena"), a lawyer on a mission in remote Alaska ("Blazo"), a baseball player turned killer-by-accident ("Zanduce at Second"), and a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening during an Arizona summer ("Oxygen"). Here also is a man accusing Bigfoot of stealing his wife, followed by Bigfoot's incomparable response. Not least of the treasures is "The H Street Sledding Record," a story perfect for family holiday reading, in which a young father creates the magic of Santa by throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve.

This book proves Carlson's axiom that "a short story is not a single thing done a single way," and it offers us—finally—a full view of his remarkable talents.

 

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User Review  - KateBond - LibraryThing

Carlson writes from a decidedly masculine perspective. That's not generally my thing, but some of these stories are really lovely, and "What We Wanted to Do" is one of my all-time favorite shorts. Read full review

A KIND OF FLYING: Selected Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

High entertainment value distinguishes many of the 35 stories here, all distilled from Arizona writer Carlson's first three collections (The Hotel Eden, 1997, etc.).A genial prefatory essay "Friends ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
From the news of the world
17
From PLAN B FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
143
From THE HOTEL EDEN
289
Acknowledgments
463
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About the author (2003)

Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.

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