The Dunning Man

The Dunning Man

by Kevin Fortuna

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BN ID: 2940157617035
Publisher: Lavender Ink
Publication date: 01/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 452,497
File size: 94 KB

About the Author

Kevin Fortuna lives in Cold Spring, New York. He obtained a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Quicksall Medal for Writing, a Fellowship in Fiction at the Prague Summer Writers Workshop and a Full Fellowship in Fiction at the University of New Orleans, where he received his MFA

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Thanks to Kevin Fortuna's empathetic and precise portrayals, these stories will linger in your imaginationlong after the people you meet here have stumbled out into the night.
— Miles Harvey, author of The Island of Lost Maps

Kevin Fortuna's complex and compelling characters can't be separated from the equally rich familydrama and surprising twists of his narratives, always the sign of a real writer. I'm in awe of this man'simagination and this story collection. A wonderful debut.
— Joseph Boyden, Gillerprize-winning author of The Orendaand Through Black Spruce

These stories are by turns wry and funny, harrowing and heartbreaking. Kevin Fortuna writes withstartling clarity and insight about success, hope and longing and about people struggling to do the rightthing, and sometimes failing. He writes with his heart and his head and with a sheer ballsy velocity youdon't come across very often.
— Kevin Moffett, author of Further Interpretations of RealLifeEvents and The Silent History

With clear, exacting prose Kevin Fortuna presents damaged yet indelible characters grappling withshame, pain, and darkness as they teeter on the brink. One gets the sense that these men and womenare only hanging on by a thread, and Fortuna triumphs by refusing to let us look away.
— Skip Horack, Stegner Fellow and award-winning author of The Southern Cross and The EdenHunter

Fortuna's people defy life by living, and suck every last breath out of a deflated balloon. They areexhilarating people with fully lived lives, expertly drawn. Fortuna's people are people you'd want toknow, whose lives you may well admire. They may even be you.
— Mark Warren, Executive Editor of Esquire

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The Dunning Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
PJ19905 More than 1 year ago
was at the end of this book within hours of opening it's front cover. The characters were so clearly depicted and so quickly familiar that I felt wholly invested in the outcome for each one. A unique new voice yet in the vein of the best of classic American storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortuna's great literary prowess will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what is on the next page while combining elements of tragedy and comedy throughout. Outstanding!!!
SDurg More than 1 year ago
The depth of the characters in each story is nothing short of spectacular. Mr. Fortuna is able to juxtapose common situations against the complexity and the internal struggles of each character - From start to finish, the storytelling is absolutely riveting and left me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really interesting read with some hilarious scenes that help insert comedy into an otherwise thought provoking and fascinating story of the human experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't let the size of this book fool you. Kevin Fortuna is a master at condensing a whole person's life into just a few pages. He's able to be so many characters in the span of only 6 stories. I read this book in one sitting and it fits among my bookshelves beside some of the best short story collections of our generation. Each story has the breadth of a novel. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for an exhilarating read in just an afternoon.
Brent Butler More than 1 year ago
I tend to read fiction sparingly as it often fails to hold my attention. In fact, I tend to skip anything with pages when film is an option. The Dunning Man is an extraordinary exception. Read the first page or two and you will be hooked, unable to look away as Fortuna's masterfully imagined characters pull you deeper into their vivid, gripping,and often poignant lives. Each of the short stories is composed with uncompromising honesty, realism, and depth, and could easily justify its own full-length novel (which leaves you wanting more - in a good way)! The language is concise, full of energy and truth. Fortuna displays moments of such acute social observation you can't help but laugh at how brilliantly spot-on he captures the most everyday of experiences (extra fun for readers when they are familiar with the real-world settings). Give it another page and you'll find yourself so terrifically entrenched in the protagonists' psyche, their decisions will make you cringe with excitement, horror, and simultaneous satisfaction. As a film lover, I liken the emotional intensity of some scenes to that of Paul Thomas Anderson films like "There Will Be Blood." Don't let that scare you off if PTA isn't your speed - the stories are complex, well-balanced, and captivating in their ability to contemplate the human condition. Enjoy.
RobG30 More than 1 year ago
The Dunning Man is a visceral read, exploring six original storylines tied together with a common journey down twisted roads of self-discovery and struggle. Fortuna's characters captivate a strangely dark emotion that bonds with the reader and incites self-reflection. I read this cover to cover, fantastic journey.
MelissaDusenberry More than 1 year ago
Fortuna's rich collection of stories rushes to the crux of the human experience in startling and profound ways. His pen plunges the reader into a raw, subversive worlds whose characters plummet down paths that most would fear to tread. Surrender to Fortuna's masterful storytelling expect to be stirred ...
BeanyP More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Each story was more interesting than the last. I finished the stories yet I keep thinking about the characters. I want to know more, as if they are old friends I want an update on. Like what was Sully thinking? What will poor Jimmy do next? I look forward to the next collection of stories. I want my friends to get it so I have someone to talk to about these zany characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely, an amazing take at depicting troubled, yet unforgettable lives of completely diverse characters, all with strong longings to do the right thing. A rarity with such powerful imaginations and surprising twists.
WAArmitage23 More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully engaging and diverse collection of visceral, empathetic tales of alcohol, lust and life's rich tapestry. Kevin Fortuna in this debut novel shows a remarkable talent for creating brilliant scenes and highly entertaining characters with the minimum of words, yet with the maximum of impact. He transports the reader seamlessly into the centre of the prose from the outset and one remains therein, living the story and visualising the protagonists & secondary players as though you can touch them. Brilliant writing. A must-buy, -read and -read again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortuna draws deep, believable characters and develops their relationships through wonderfully creative circumstances that cut across a wide range of experience – from deeply philosophical to Atlantic City slice-of-life and everything in between. Plus, it's hilarious. I'm laughing to myself as I write this – thinking about some of the things that happen in this book. Great read!
AmazingGG More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting compilation of very short stories that capture the essence of emotions in life. Fortuna has the ability to quickly draw the reader in to each story and leaves you wanting for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dunning Man is a collection of short stories that absorb the reader into the struggles and inner thoughts of the vividly developed characters. The characters’ experiences are often dark and hilarious at the same time. Even if you don’t see yourself depicted in these stories, you are sure to find someone you know in them. I read it quickly the first time, and am looking forward to reading it again.
ZacPosen More than 1 year ago
Stories are relatively short but the characters are amazing and the detail they are created is great. Certainly worth your time! Left me wanting more
JennMurov More than 1 year ago
a really good read...well developed characters that make you feel like you're reading about someone you know. The scenarios are exciting, ironic, and pretty funny at times, and the stories will continue to shock you. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible collection of short stories with some of the most vivid characters I've seen in recent literature. The writing is strong, the story lines are addictive and you're left wanting even more. It's incredible to me that this is a debut effort but it just makes me excited to read whatever Fortuna writes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this collection of short stories!! So well written, a literary treat. The writing, the way the author described the characters, put words in their mouths, described their gestures and their appearances made me laugh out loud at times, and quietly nod to myself in recognition of people in my own world. A beautiful collection of stories about marriage, family, failed relationships, friendships, middle life, hopes, fears, and trying to make it big. I absolutely can not wait to read more from this author and am wishing to see something on the big screen from this creative genius!!
MakMayya More than 1 year ago
A great artwork! The book is composed of 6 independent stories showing a moment of life of the characters. A small moment which shows us all the story and the problems of them. All the characters are completely different - men an women, rich and poor, aged and young, married and not. What join them all is the fact that they are happy and unhappy at the same time, captured in their life routine not sure if they have chosen the right path, like we all. And the author managed to show this 'tragedy of a small person', in a perfection. You feel like you dive inside the moment, like you are in the mind of the characters, feel their problems and understand their feelings. The can easily see their tempers, their path, emotions, dreams and the principles. Was unable to stop reading!
SB101 More than 1 year ago
Great! Engaging characters that make a lasting impression. Highly recommend if you want a quick and compelling set of short stories to read.
MJMalesardi More than 1 year ago
The detail and complexity of Kevin Fortuna's writing in The Dunning Man has that wonderful ability to transport you from feeling like you're reading a story to instead feeling like you're inside the story, observing what is going on first-hand. This is a really enjoyable read and a wonderful example of how well-written short-stories can tell so much in so little space. Terrific book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bylady kon October 6, 2014 Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase Just got my advance copy of "The Dunning Man" and highly recommend this book of short stories having been to most of the locations used as backdrop. I'm not usually a short story reader but from the first one, "Dead", Fortuna caught me! As the character upped the ante on his use of drugs and booze you could feel the pace quicken accordingly.