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Eight mile high

Author: Jim Daniels
Publisher: East Lansing, Michigan : Michigan State University Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In these linked stories, the constants are the places-from Eight Mile High, the local high school, to Eight Miles High, the local bar; from The Clock, a restaurant that never closes, to Stan's, a store that sells misfit clothes. Daniels's characters wander Detroit, a world of concrete, where even a small strip of greenery becomes a hideout for mystery and mayhem. Even when they leave town-to Scout camp, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Daniels, Jim Ray.
Eight mile high.
East Lansing, Michigan : Michigan State University Press, ©2014
205 pages
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Daniels
ISBN: 9781609174286 1609174283 9781628950274 1628950277 9781628960273 1628960272
OCLC Number: 882233201
Awards: Winner of Michigan Notable Books 2015
Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Great Lakes Fiction) 2015
Description: 1 online resource (212 pages)
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Soul Sacrifice""; ""Survivor�s Guilt""; ""Et Tu""; ""13 Ways of Looking at My Father in His Bathing Suit (Times 2)""; ""Pearl Diving""; ""Our Lady of No Mercy""; ""Bend in the Road""; ""AWOL""; ""Target Practice""; ""13-Part Story with Mime""; ""My Republican Love Affair""; ""Dream House""; ""Raccoon Heaven""; ""The Tall Tale of the Cowboy Mattress""
Responsibility: Jim Ray Daniels.
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In these linked stories, the constants are the places-from Eight Mile High, the local high school, to Eight Miles High, the local bar; from The Clock, a restaurant that never closes, to Stan's, a store that sells misfit clothes. Daniels's characters wander Detroit, a world of concrete, where even a small strip of greenery becomes a hideout for mystery and mayhem. Even when they leave town-to Scout camp, or Washington, DC, or the mythical Up North, they take with them their hardscrabble working-class sensibilities and their determination to do what they must do to get by. With a survival instinct that includes a healthy dose of humor, Daniels's characters navigate work and love, change and loss, the best they can. These characters don't have the luxury of feeling sorry for themselves, even when they stumble. They dust themselves off and head back into the ring with another rope-a-dope wisecrack. These stories seem to suggest that we are always coming of age, becoming, trying to figure out what it means to be an adult in this world, attempting to figure out a way to forgive ourselves for not measuring up to our own expectations of what it means to lead a successful, happy life.

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