My Chaos Theory: Stories

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The dozen stories in Steve Watkins's first book of fiction are funny, and odd, and resonant with clues to the secret ways of men and boys. In settings ranging from the dark underbelly of the Deep South and Texas to New York and beyond this country to Kenya and India, the stories all deal with young and not-so-young men coming of age. Three brainy kids plot to murder a captive elephant at a roadside zoo in Florida. An angry dad in South Georgia takes his daughter's boyfriend up in a small plane to torture him by ...
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Overview

The dozen stories in Steve Watkins's first book of fiction are funny, and odd, and resonant with clues to the secret ways of men and boys. In settings ranging from the dark underbelly of the Deep South and Texas to New York and beyond this country to Kenya and India, the stories all deal with young and not-so-young men coming of age. Three brainy kids plot to murder a captive elephant at a roadside zoo in Florida. An angry dad in South Georgia takes his daughter's boyfriend up in a small plane to torture him by doing aerobatics. A failed American social activist seeks enlightenment in an ashram in India, and nearly kills himself by fasting and giving his food to a pair of starving children who end up stealing from him. A widower finds a drowned man washed up on a beach at Fire Island and folds the dead man's body into a yoga pose.fluent, always under exact control, never pyrotechnic or indulgent. Watkins's themes are clear and profound."-Gordon Weaver
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Disaster is the rule in this aptly titled, darkly comic debut collection. From Kenya and India to the Deep South and Fire Island, Watkins's 12 stories deal with coming of age, at any age. He has a gift for making the improbable totally believable. In "Critterworld," three brainy boys plot to kill a roadside elephant only to have it die of natural causes and land on a VW, trapping a little girl inside; the zany plot works because each character, including the elephant, is given a strong personality. When a widower spending the summer in a town called Kismet comes upon a drowned man washed up on the beach in "Bocky-Bocky," it somehow seems probable that Sam would fold the man's body into a yoga position called "the Corpse." And when Uma Thurman, another yoga devotee, jogs over, her baseball cap pulled low on her forehead, what else could she possibly do other than help Sam pretzel the dead man into more positions, all the while prattling on about the corpse's flexibility in her thick New York accent? Though hilarious, the story also touches on Sam's grief for his wife and his banishment from his teenage daughter's private world. The author's work always conveys something of the absurd. In "Kafka's Sister," a failed social activist goes to an ashram in India and nearly kills himself by fasting, giving away his food to children who rob him. In the title story, a boy whose father died in a car accident decides that the definition of human kindness is old Mr. Montford allowing him to get a head start out of the junkyard (where he was looking at the wreckage of his father's car) before sending the dogs after him. Entertaining and gripping.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870745126
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVE WATKINS is the author of The Black O: Racism and Redemption in an American Corporate Empire, a non-fiction account of the largest employment discrimination class action lawsuit in U.S. history. He teaches Ashtanga yoga and works as an investigator and advocate for abused and neglected children through CASA,a child advocacy organization. For the past fifteen years, Watkins has also taught journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and four daughters.
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