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Between Here and the Yellow Sea

Between Here and the Yellow Sea

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by Nic Pizzolatto

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From the author of True Detective a debut collection of short fiction from this National Magazine Award in Fiction finalist. Set in a variety of Southern and Midwestern landscapes — from Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka State Park to a crop circle at a Minnesotan farm — the stories in 'Between Here and the Yellow Sea' excavate the ambiguous terrain of the


From the author of True Detective a debut collection of short fiction from this National Magazine Award in Fiction finalist. Set in a variety of Southern and Midwestern landscapes — from Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka State Park to a crop circle at a Minnesotan farm — the stories in 'Between Here and the Yellow Sea' excavate the ambiguous terrain of the human heart. With a forceful and compassionate voice, Pizzolatto finds beauty in loneliness as his characters attempt to bridge the gulfs between themselves and others, past and present, and, sometimes, between their inner and outer selves. In this both heartbreaking and humorous collection, we meet a base-jumping, samurai park ranger who parachutes off the St. Louis Arch; a stained glass artist who struggles over his masterpiece and learns through great loss what his true subject will be; and a religious elementary school teacher who tries to understand her rebellious, militant son. In the title story, which first appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, an orphaned young man and his former high school football coach set out to kidnap the coach’s daughter from Los Angeles and bring her back to east Texas.With an assured, poignant voice, Pizzolatto places us at the crossroads of memory and desire, somewhere between here and the Yellow Sea.

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Debut collection of nine dispassionate short stories from a 2004 National Magazine Award finalist in fiction. In "A Cryptograph," Sharon searches for her missing son, wandering the city with her only clue: a paint-dusted stencil in the shape of a tank. One of Sharon's elementary-school students, Eaton Slavin, remembers seeing the image painted on a telephone pole and offers to take Sharon there. At the site, Sharon paints a message for her son; when stopped by the police, she lets them believe that Eaton is responsible and watches silently as he is taken away. "1987, The Races" recounts an unusual joint-custody afternoon. After seeing his gambler father humiliated at the track, an 11-year-old boy decides to desert dad and telephones his mother to come pick him up. In the title story (first published in the Atlantic), Bobby, a sewer-treatment employee, reunites with his former high-school football coach in a hare-brained scheme to kidnap the coach's daughter from the world of pornography. Once they arrive at her Los Angeles home, Bobby discovers he doesn't know the full extent of the father and daughter's past. The best of the lot is the almost-novella "Nepal." A glazier named Thomas, hired to finish a castle in southern Missouri in 1922, is restoring the greenhouse when he meets Carmen, English niece of the wealthy owners. She was sent to Missouri to recover from the death of her fiance, killed in the war, and Thomas bears more than a passing resemblance to the dead man. While Carmen's obsession with him lands Thomas a prestigious stained-glass assignment, it also culminates in a near-tragedy. As stand-alone stories, they mostly work, but in the context of a collection, the author's lackof empathy for his characters becomes off-putting.
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"Pizzolatto’s powerful fiction harkens back to the golden age of short stories when O’Connor and the rest were working. He possesses an apparently unlimited imagination and the narrative skills to bring it to bear." —William Gay, author of Twilight and The Lost Country

"Nic Pizzolatto is one of the most exciting young writers to come along in ages. If, like me, you read his first stories when they appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and were wondering whether or not he could sustain such excellence over the course of a book, wonder no more. This collection is first-rate, and Pizzolatto is going to be wowing us for a long, long time to come." —Steve Yarbrough, author of Prisoners of War and The Realm of Last Chances

"These stories are violent, sad, and beautiful. They hang around long after you've read them, like a long kiss, or a bruise." – Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and Ray in Reverse

"Nic Pizzolatto’s beautiful, lucid prose seems to flow like water or like music. He knows how to write in the marrow of his bones. This will be the first of many brilliant books. Hooray for talent, that rare and lovely gift of the gods." —Ellen Gilchrist, author of Victory Over Japan and Nora Jane

"These are bold, tender, and intelligent stories. Nic Pizzolatto writes about people who don't take loss lightly; they fight it. Whether searching for a disappeared daughter or underground son or for their own abandoned illusions, Pizzolatto's characters try to retrieve and recover their bets. That they rarely succeed doesn't matter. Interesting and beautiful things happen in Between Here and the Yellow Sea." —Molly Giles, author of Iron Shoes

"The stories in Between Here and the Yellow Sea are clear of vision and death-defyingly beautiful. They ring like folded steel and reveal themselves in bold flashes. It's said that a well told story honors the living. The stories in Pizzolatto's debut collection are alive – veins apulse, hearts brimmed with desire, voices still singing." —Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son and Emporium

"These stories are so exquisite they ache with longing." —Tom Franklin, author of Hell at the Breach and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

"Nic Pizzolatto is a born storyteller of the first order. His characters are so authentic you know if you prick them they will holler, and if you cut them they will bleed. He penetrates the heart of ‘the old, weird America’ with the insight of Dylan and the soul of Doc Boggs. Between Here and the Yellow Sea marks the debut of one of our most exciting new writers." mdash;Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

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About the Author: Nic Pizzolatto was born in New Orleans and raised on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. He has published stories in the 'Atlantic Monthly', the Missouri Review, Shenandoah, the Iowa Review, and other literary journals and was a finalist for the 2004 National Magazine Award in Fiction. He is currently a visiting writer at the University of North Carolina and is at work on his first novel.

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Between Here and the Yellow Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real first-class collection of slightyly noir short stories with a beatiful yet non-prentious or show-offish literary feel. Each one pulls you in quickly and you can't really figure out where they're going, but can't seem to put them down. His prose his really second-to-none and the characters get inside of you almost effortlessly. One of the best short-story collections I've read to date!