A Stranger in This World: Stories

A Stranger in This World: Stories

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by Kevin Canty
     
 

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In the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, the stories in this collection explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is.

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In the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, the stories in this collection explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kenny Kolodny's first love at 17 makes for a haunting bildungsroman. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In his first collection of stories, Canty depicts nightmarish events and situations encroaching on ordinary lives. His restrained tone underscores the sense of horrible inevitability; the reader cringes but cannot look away. The characters are indeed "strangers"; people at peculiar turning points in their lives, they're lost on what feels like familiar ground. Temporarily impaired by alcohol or sadness, they don't read situations well and make the wrong choices. In "Pretty Judy," a bright, lonely teenager deceives himself as he enters into a desperate and doomed sexual relationship with a mentally retarded young woman. In "Blue Boy," a teenage lifeguard, daydreaming about an older woman, acts on those fantasies with painful consequences. After Tina and boyfriend Bobby have murdered their abductor in "The Victim," she concludes that "events have their own current." There direction-like that of Canty's characters-cannot be altered. These very strong stories are highly recommended.-Eleanor Mitchell, Arizona State Univ. West, Phoenix

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679763949
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
1st edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.44(d)

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A Stranger in This World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I've never been a fan of short stories for the sole reason that many authors tend to leave the reader frustratedly hanging in the wind at the close of a story. Kevin Canty's near lyrical prose draws you in and evokes raw emotion from his carefully constructed characters. The pages practically turn themselves, there's no disputing his talent. Add this to your list of must reads, you won't be sorry.