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Tales of Falling and Flying
     

Tales of Falling and Flying

by Ben Loory
 

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A dazzling new collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day
 
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first

Overview

A dazzling new collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day
 
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory’s characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory’s vast imagination, Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work and is sure to cement his reputation as one of the most innovative short-story writers working today.
 
Praise for Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day:
 
“This guy can write!” —Ray Bradbury
 
“[A] wild, dreamy debut . . . These stories are full of wit, humor, and heart.” —The Boston Globe

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Ben Loory’s stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting.”
—Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

“To read a Ben Loory story is to slip through a portal into an adjacent dimension. To learn—with brevity and clarity—the laws of this universe next door, new rules of logic and contradiction and truth. And, in the end, to be left with the disturbing and wondrous feeling of having never left home at all.”
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“These tiny off-kilter fairy tales, equal parts Beckett and Twilight Zone, will amply suit surrealistic seniors and twisted teens alike. Perfect for reading on strange beaches and by oddly-shaped swimming pools. Fits right in your pocket or purse for emergency doses of the charming and weird.”
—Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

“Parables, dark fables, quirky flash fictions—call them what you will, Ben Loory has perfected the form and in Tales of Falling and Flying proves once again he can disturb a little and entertain a lot. Easily read, not easily forgotten.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy

“One of my favorite writers, smart, original Ben Loory is almost impossible to describe. Like Bruno Schulz, if Schulz had been born to a left-handed Little League coach in Short Hills, New Jersey? Like Lydia Davis, if she’d been hatched from an egg? Like listening to a conversation between Bette Davis and Miles Davis outside the house where Amy Winehouse died? Like listening to Mick and Keef not talk about Altamont? Probably there is a war going on somewhere, but these cool, dazzling little tales will never let on.”
—Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143130109
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/05/2017
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, performed live at WordTheatre in Los Angeles and London, and translated into many languages, including Japanese, Farsi, Arabic, and Indonesian. A graduate of Harvard and the American Film Institute, Loory lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.