A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories

by Ron Carlson

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ISBN-13: 9780393324792
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,134,178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.

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A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Alirambles on LibraryThing 28 days ago
After reading a couple of Carlson's novels, I wanted to read more of him but I still hesitated before getting this book. Short stories, no matter how well-written, are harder for me to dive into than novels. Reading this collection made me realize why: in many short stories, by the time I figure out who the character truly is and what their motivation is, I've reached the climax of the story and it's a few more pages and on to the next one.These stories are different. Almost every one of them feels like the guy next door (even when the guy next door happens to be Bigfoot, or in a couple of case is the guy next door's wife) started a conversation with you over the side fence. By the end of the first paragraph you know these folks, and you know their story will take you somewhere you'll remember. From the baseball player who can't lose (Sunny Billy Day) to the man traveling to Alaska in search of a connection with the son he lost years before he died (Blazo); from men aching to become fathers (Life Before Science) or trying to re-establish relations with their wives amid young parenthood (Plan B for the Middle Class), to women struggling with the process of letting go of their teenaged sons (The Status Quo, The Summer of Vintage Clothing)--Carlson brings these characters to life and lets us ride along with them for a while. It's well worth the trip.
slipstitch on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Carlson's collection that spans tales of early marriage and fatherhood, and then some. He's got a direct, strong, homey voice for his narrators most of the time, and the reader likes the characters (or at least this one does) although they sometimes do terrible things. He also has a penchant for the odd situation, the quick, short narrative that is more of a character sketch. So many echoes of Doug in this work!
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