In the Electric Eden: Stories

In the Electric Eden: Stories

by Nick Arvin
In the Electric Eden: Stories

In the Electric Eden: Stories

by Nick Arvin

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Overview

From the electrocution of Topsy the Elephant at Coney Island in 1903 to the rekindling relationship of two high school sweethearts in a stolen SUV, each story in Nick Arvin’s remarkable first collection reveals a world where people struggle against their own shortcomings as time and technology move inexorably forward. With great intelligence, warmth and sly humor, Arvin explores how technology shapes the way we interact with one another and how we experience a world governed by it. With awe and sympathy, he exposes our human limitations despite our apparent advancements—marking both how far we’ve come and how much farther we need to go. Don’t miss this new edition, now with three additional stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942280552
Publisher: Bower House
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Nick Arvin was born and raised in Michigan, received a degree in engineering from Stanford, and spent three years in product development at the Ford Motor Company before leaving to earn his MFA in Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has recently been awarded a Michener Grant, and his stories have been published in The Black Warrior Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The Electric Eden 1

What They Teach You in Engineering School 23

Commemorating 43

Electric Fence 59

Radio Ads 93

Telescope 113

The Prototype 117

Two Thousand Germans in Frankenmuth 137

Take Your Child to Work 151

Aeronautics 175

The Accident 211

Location 225

Armistice Day 243

Acknowledgments 265

Author Biography 267

What People are Saying About This

Stewart O'Nan

Nick Arvin is dauntless as a craftsman and fearless in his pursuit of a good tale.

Chris Offutt

The prose is direct, the wisdom is earned, and the stories very fine indeed.

John Burnham Schwartz

...a wonderful, surprising, and - yes - illuminating debut.

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