Success: Stories

Success: Stories

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by David A. Taylor
     
 

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Fiction. SUCCESS: STORIES is the 2008 winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize. These stories probe the lives of people caught in an increasingly intertwined world, close to home and abroad. Exploring a human calculus of love, betrayal, and fantasy, this moving collection makes those dramas vivid. "Gritty dialogue, lean prose, layered…  See more details below

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Fiction. SUCCESS: STORIES is the 2008 winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize. These stories probe the lives of people caught in an increasingly intertwined world, close to home and abroad. Exploring a human calculus of love, betrayal, and fantasy, this moving collection makes those dramas vivid. "Gritty dialogue, lean prose, layered plotting, and an eye for the perfect detail make these stories a satisfying and engaging read"--Susan Muaddi Darraj. "A book of fine stories"--Richard Bausch.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in locales as disparate as Bangkok, a Maryland racetrack, and a Moroccan village, these 14 lively tales by journalist Taylor (Ginseng) uncover gentle irony in the commonly held notion of a successful life. A son keen on pleasing his mother shows better skills at picking a winning horse than his ailing father in "Pelagro." A young student studying in Scotland in "May Day" rudely learns that because of his timidity (or is it honor?) he has lost the girl of his dreams to his more assertive best friend, while in "Counterfeit," Alexa and Howard's vacation-of-a-lifetime in Nepal turns disastrous when Alexa gets sick and Howard realizes he would rather not go back to life as a safety officer for a nuclear power plant. "Saigon Haircut" proves a hilarious story about a laid-off flower-shop worker who finds that a different haircut motivates him in strange ways. Taylor's characters valiantly make a go of it, yet discover that effort often isn't good enough.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931846908
Publisher:
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

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David A. Taylor's collection, Success: Stories, is the 2008 Fiction Award winner from Washington Writers' Publishing House. His work has appeared in many magazines, reviews, and anthologies, and his most recent nonfiction book was Ginseng, the Divine Root.

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