ORPHANS stories

ORPHANS stories

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by Tim Cummings

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“Cummings's voice howls boldly, bravely, beautifully, wittily, cunningly, mellifluously into the literary wilderness. He guides us effortlessly to see/to be his characters... He accomplishes his sleights of hand with grace and believability and power. I admire him enormously.”
--Caroline Thompson, writer of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and


“Cummings's voice howls boldly, bravely, beautifully, wittily, cunningly, mellifluously into the literary wilderness. He guides us effortlessly to see/to be his characters... He accomplishes his sleights of hand with grace and believability and power. I admire him enormously.”
--Caroline Thompson, writer of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'Edward Scissorhands'.

Set in 1940s Florida, Middle America, Hollywood in the 70s, curious nether-spheres between life and death, and deep inside the imaginations of characters whose greatest abundances are their emotions, the ten stories in Cummings's eclectic collection ORPHANS evoke familiar and strange scenarios of love, loss, heartbreak, humor, spirituality, sexuality, and the quelling of violence.

An unhappy housewife mired by the ravages of war fantasizes about killing her own daughter. An unlikely couple in the heart of Americana is brought together by strange sparks of magic trapped in a horoscopes column. The dark but achingly honest confessions of a Hollywood icon's emotionally deranged son cause him to band together with like-minded misfits. A play about a sweet, sickly little boy illuminates a weird world of living, corporeal dolls that gently dance him to his imminent death. And there is more. In this refreshingly unpredictable assortment of short stories, poems, plays, and screenplays, a strong and imaginative new voice in American literature spins a majestic web of people, places, relationships, and situations.

Editorial Reviews

Mark J
This is a fantastic introduction to a new literary talent. The short stories in this collection are a wonderful mix of the literary and the macabre. They combine the Gothic of Flannery O'Connor and the darkness of Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery") and are shockingly good. Cummings' poetry is heartfelt and emotionally raw. He is also a deft playwright and screenwriter - his characters stay with you long after you close the book.
Chris Corkum
I don't think there has ever been a book like this published. To even call it a book is inadequate. Technically, it's a collection of short stories, poems, plays and screenplays (and a film treatment) but the cumulative experience is so stunningly mind altering that it feels as though you've been transported to multiple worlds and back, leaving you breathless and panting. Through a variety of forms, Cummings gives birth to fascinating characters and stories....
Robert R
One thing you will NOT be is bored reading Tim Cummings' "Orphans". This book is creepy, cool, touching, funny, and SO smart! Cummings is a writer of rare insight and talent. And his way with words will leave make you jealous if you've ever tried writing anything yourself. I highly recommend this book.
Paul K
'ORPHANS stories' is the first of its kind. It is storytelling at its finest. Cummings's unique collection of stories, plays, screenplays and poetry gives the reader a look into the lives of many rich and emotionally complex characters. Psychologically, I was taken on a ride unlike no other. His writing has the ability to transcend generations offering something for everyone. I found myself going back to re-read certain stories and once again transported....
Steve N
After reading Tim Cummings' collection of orphaned pieces the word compelling lingers in my mind. Like the first time I read Carson McCullers, it is the voice of these stories that leads you through the twists and turns of life and leave you with an aching heart and a deep sense of how strange life is. This is a special book.

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Tim Cummings was born and raised in New York, and educated at New York University. He is a passionate storyteller who works in a variety of mediums: writing, visuals, theater, film, music, and dance. He is an octopus enthusiast and is, in general, a lover of all octo-legged creatures.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading short stories lately and this is a good collection. I did not necessarily love all the pieces but some of them I really liked a lot and there were way more that I liked than didn't. I enjoyed that it was a mix of styles - some were poems, some short stories, some scripts. I also liked how some of them seemed unfinished - they did not leave me hanging but did leave me wanting more. The characters are so well-developed, which I think is extraordinary for this type of work. I would definitely read more from this author.
DorothyUndead More than 1 year ago
This book was a great little surprise. It's got something for all your moods and in a compact enough space that when your mood changes, you simply turn the page and get something new. I enjoyed every page - even if the page made me cry. And I'm not a cryer. But Cummings' writing is so true, so clear, that sometimes, yeah, I cried. So download it now.
megheyn More than 1 year ago
This book was so wonderful, I absolutely loved it. From the intro, the reader gets a great sense of the depth with which the Tim Cummings writes from. I felt that the whole book was a great act of bravery and not really soul searching, but soul baring. Tim writes with such passion and meaning, that his pieces really reach out to the reader and infuse them with that passion. I found myself thinking about each piece days after I finished them, they have a haunting quality that makes them stick with you. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially someone who is in need of a dose of inspiration!
Greg1980 More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first, I thought this was going to be a stew of ingredients I wouldn't like, cos the book has different styles and different themes. But I was pretty blown away. The writing and the storytelling are really tight, really strong. Some of it is not for the faint of heart. Some of it is really joyous and quirky. Cummings is clearly a skilled writer. I know this is kindof a concept book in that the stories, like so many things in life, are 'incomplete' (the stories themselves are the orphans) but he can write more in one paragraph than most writers do in a whole book. My favorite stories were the one about the brother who had epilepsy and the film treatment at the end, which was a really original and surprising look at spirits and love. Pretty amazing stuff. I recommend this to anyone who likes to get swept away by a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago