The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Storiesby Steve Almond
Steve Almond, the man whose candy jones fueled the bestseller Candyfreak, returns with a collection of stories that both seals his reputation as a master of the modern form and risks getting him arrested. The cast of characters in The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories includes a wealthy family certain they have been abducted by space aliens, a sexy/i>/i>… See more details below
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Steve Almond, the man whose candy jones fueled the bestseller Candyfreak, returns with a collection of stories that both seals his reputation as a master of the modern form and risks getting him arrested. The cast of characters in The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories includes a wealthy family certain they have been abducted by space aliens, a sexy magazine editor who falls for a worldclass cad, and a beleaguered dentist who refuses to read his best friend’s novel. Michael Jackson and Abraham Lincoln make cameos, as do a variety of desperate and beautiful loonies, all of whom are laid bare, often literally. In these twelve stories, Almond refuses to let his characters off the hook, or to abandon them, until we have seen the full measure of ourselves within their struggle.
—New York Times Book Review
—New York Times Book Review
- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poems—in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope—and a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.
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'The Evil BB Chow and Other Stories', like all of Steve Almond¿s writing, is honest, explicit and hefty. Covering themes of unfulfilled longing, deep friendship, physical intimacy, and family ties, the stories in this book are about what connects people and what pulls them apart. The characters range across the cultural landscape of America¿Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass are portrayed, as are immigrants, graduate students, the young, the old, the eccentric, the marginal and the upwardly mobile. All of these characters are morally complex, hungry, flawed and memorable. I¿m also sold on 'The Evil BB Chow' because it so clearly pushes the use of language. It is commandingly well-crafted writing. The stories are infused with intensely beautiful visual descriptions; nearly poetry. This is a deeply satisfying book that continues to reward me after a second and third reading. Strange, gorgeous stuff.