Pictures of Houses with Water Damage [NOOK Book]

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A collection of 21 powerful, moving short stories by an ardent voice in comtemporary American literature. Hemmingson writes from within the everyday man's murky nightmares, offering hints and then, dazzlingly, reneging on his hints.
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Overview

A collection of 21 powerful, moving short stories by an ardent voice in comtemporary American literature. Hemmingson writes from within the everyday man's murky nightmares, offering hints and then, dazzlingly, reneging on his hints.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013930193
  • Publisher: Rominna Books
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 552 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Hemmingson has been called "Raymond Carver on acid" by literary guru Larry McCaffery and "a disciple of a quick and dirty literature" by the American Book Review.
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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    PICTURES OF HOUSES WITH WATER DAMAGE is not only a zinger of a title for a collection of short stories, but the packaging includes a fine book design by Steven Seighman and points to Black Lawrence Press as a leader in the contemporary publishing business, making this new book an all around fascinating entity. Michael Hemmingson comes to this collection of stories with a sturdy background in writing: he is a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, cultural anthropologist, qualitative researcher, musician, playwright, and screenwriter and has drawn attention to his work by some very impressive critics. But all that is secondary introduction to the book of jewel-like stories he shares here. Hemmingson has a style of writing that takes some adjustment on the part of the reader at first: his use of the 'he says, she says' method of conveying conversation pulls attention away from the flow of a story - until the reader catches on to the rhythm and finds it as immediately involving a technique as the author intends. Hemmingson writes about ordinary people struggling to cope with the daily intrusions into sanity that we all face but often don't examine. He creates characters and stories that are molded to a moment of disillusionment or of misunderstanding or miscommunication: these are islands of stress that could become particles of insanity if Hemmingson allowed them to progress that far. He spreads his words on the page in a way that informs the reader of the speed of driving through these stories the author intends, as though there is nothing about the little tales he wishes the reader to avoid, to understand, and to relate to as the story abruptly ends. One of the most fascinating (on so very many levels) stories is 'What Happens When My Wife's Ex-Boyfriend, Back from Iraq, Pays Us a Visit': a married couple with a new baby is visited by a veteran form the war who lost both legs in a roadside bomb and pays a visit in his special van, his envy of the ex-girlfriend's current lifestyle emphasizes his copeless physical state and his drinking leads to belligerent conversation and spite and he becomes ensconced in the couples house for what seems as though it will be permanent: retribution for losing his legs and mind for the sake of protecting the freedom of a couple who seemingly doesn't care about his sacrifice is the spinner for which Hemmingson must find a solution. In other stories he deals with apartment dwelling and the lack of privacy that leads to overhearing abusive battles and conversations of superficial levels, people in need of healing form broken relationships but remain paralyzed as to how to reenter the dating field. Other stories deal with language barriers, cultural differences, young people having intimacy at inappropriate times with untoward consequences, and even incidents between two people that include talk of alien ideation and strange physical alienation. Some of these stories may be as short as two pages in length but everyone of them carries a punch, a hurt, a bruise, and a feeling that there are a lot of other people in the world who have moments of not fitting in as we do. Hemmingson understands human behavior and pours it into his stew pot until it comes out both strange and real. These are some of the finest vignettes about the human condition available today! Grady Harp

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    Posted February 18, 2013

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