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The Coast of Chicago: Stories
     

The Coast of Chicago: Stories

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by Stuart Dybek
 

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The stolid landscape of Chicago suddenly turns dreamlike and otherworldly in Stuart Dybek's classic story collection. A child's collection of bottle caps becomes the tombstones of a graveyard. A lowly rightfielder's inexplicable death turns him into a martyr to baseball. Strains of Chopin floating down the tenement airshaft are transformed into a mysterious anthem

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The stolid landscape of Chicago suddenly turns dreamlike and otherworldly in Stuart Dybek's classic story collection. A child's collection of bottle caps becomes the tombstones of a graveyard. A lowly rightfielder's inexplicable death turns him into a martyr to baseball. Strains of Chopin floating down the tenement airshaft are transformed into a mysterious anthem of loss. Combining homely detail and heartbreakingly familiar voices with grand leaps of imagination, The Coast of Chicago is a masterpiece from one of America's most highly regarded writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These 14 dreamlike stories include ``Nighthawks,'' a man's surreal subway journey inspired by a vision of his dead girlfriend, and ``Blight,'' the tale of a recurring nightmare, in which atomic bombs drop on Chicago when the White Sox win the pennant. Dybek's ``phantasmagoric'' collection ``evokes the bizarre mysteries of everyday life in Chicago's gritty ethnic enclaves,'' PW said. Author tour. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466806375
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
04/03/2004
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,030,768
File size:
274 KB

Meet the Author

Stuart Dybek is the award-winning author of Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, I Sailed with Magellan, and Brass Knuckles, a volume of poetry. A professor of English at Western Michigan University, he lives in Kalamazoo.


Stuart Dybek is the author of five books of fiction--Ecstatic Cahoots, Paper Lantern, I Sailed with Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods--as well as two collections of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets in Their Own Ink. Dybek is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, four O. Henry Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is distinguished writer-in-residence at Northwestern University.

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The Coast of Chicago 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dybek's writing is masterful. Lines I read over ten years ago, when I first picked up this collection, still meander in my mind like favorite passages of music. Read anything of Dybek's you can get your hands on...you'll never be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago