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 come at us from all directions. Sometimes wicked or bittersweet, often zany, they 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.

In "Blazo" and other equally poignant tales, men and women are challenged when things don't work out as expected. Other stories deal with surprising transformations—for a baseball player turned killer-by-accident, for a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening. Here 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.

Prepare to be amused, moved, and disturbed by stories that make a difference.
 

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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

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User Review  - slipstitch - LibraryThing

Carlson's collection that spans tales of early marriage and fatherhood, and then some. He's got a direct, strong, homey voice for his narrators most of the time, and the reader likes the characters ... 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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