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Secret Goldfish / Edition 1
     

Secret Goldfish / Edition 1

by David Means
 

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ISBN-10: 0007164904

ISBN-13: 2900007164904

Pub. Date: 08/30/2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

It is a less and less well-kept secret that David Means is one of our best fiction writers. In the past few years he has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Readers familiar with Means's electrifying work will recognize the vision at play in The

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It is a less and less well-kept secret that David Means is one of our best fiction writers. In the past few years he has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Readers familiar with Means's electrifying work will recognize the vision at play in The Secret Goldfish-a trio of erotically charged kids go on a crime spree in Michigan; a goldfish bears witness to the demise of a Connecticut marriage; an extremely unlucky man is stalked by lightning-but this new work is funnier, more generous, and bigger in its reach. Each story stands on its own, and yet linked together they produce a quintessentially American experience-not the stars-and-stripes-on-the-bumper-sticker kind, but the stoned-and-bored-and-looking-for-trouble kind. Means's writing is shot through with emotion and beauty. A subversive humor-and an almost religious fervor-drives these stories, and Means's miraculously precise observations bring them to life. Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times wrote, "The roll-call of honor, from Eudora Welty to John Cheever, John Updike, William Maxwell, to Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff, and Annie Proulx is long and rich. Just when it seems that things could get no better, along comes David Means." This is a brilliant lineage, and yet David Means writes like no one but himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900007164904
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/30/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Lightning Man1
Sault Ste. Marie15
It Counts as Seeing33
Blown from the Bridge47
A Visit from Jesus61
Petrouchka [with Omissions]69
Elyria Man89
The Project107
Hunger113
Counterparts131
Dustman Appearances to Date147
Carnie157
The Nest171
Michigan Death Trip187
The Secret Goldfish197

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