A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

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by Ron Carlson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393324796

ISBN-13: 9780393324792

Pub. Date: 10/17/2003

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324792
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
449,411
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Friends of My Youth: Introduction11
The Governor's Ball19
The H Street Sledding Record28
Santa Monica37
Olympus Hills45
Life Before Science50
Bigfoot Stole My Wife79
I Am Bigfoot84
The Time I Died87
Phenomena94
Milk108
Blood121
Max129
The Status Quo132
Hartwell145
DeRay158
Blazo173
On the U.S.S. Fortitude203
Sunny Billy Day208
The Tablecloth of Turin224
A Kind of Flying228
The Summer of Vintage Clothing232
Plan B for the Middle Class242
The Hotel Eden291
Keith309
The Prisoner of Bluestone326
Zanduce at Second339
What We Wanted to Do350
The Chromium Hook356
A Note on the Type371
Nightcap384
Dr. Slime398
Down the Green River413
Oxygen429
Acknowledgments463

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A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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just heard the H St. Sledding Record on Symphony Space on NPR and loved it - and it's so decent! b