Train Shots: stories

Train Shots: stories

by Vanessa Blakeslee


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IPPY Gold Medal Winner (short story collections)

Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Long List

Sherwood Anderson Award Finalist

A single mother rents a fundamentalist preacher's carriage house. A pop star contemplates suicide in the hotel where Janis Joplin died. A philandering ex-pat doctor gets hooked on morphine while reeling from his wife's death. And in the title story, a train engineer, after running over a young girl on his tracks, grapples with the pervasive question-what propels a life toward such a disastrous end?

Rendered in a style both generous and intelligent, the men and women at the center of these subtle stories are driven by their unusual predicaments and preoccupations. Rife with dark humor, Blakeslee's snapshots illuminate the idiosyncratic and the mundane in energetic, bristling prose that marks the arrival of a powerful new voice. Stories from this collection first appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Cimarron Review, The Madison Review, Going Down Swinging, and Skidrow Penthouse, among other publications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984953844
Publisher: Burrow Press
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Clock-In 7

Ask Jesus 11

Welcome, Lost Dogs 19

Barbecue Rabbit 41

Uninvited Guests 59

The Lung 71

Hospice of the Au Pair 81

Princess of Pop 93

The Sponge Diver 105

Don't Forget the Beignets 117

Train Shots 133

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