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Tunneling to the center of the earth : stories

Author: Kevin Wilson
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider -- a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, Kevin, 1978-
Tunneling to the center of the earth.
New York : Harper Perennial, c2009
(OCoLC)649938971
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Wilson
ISBN: 9780061579028 0061579025
OCLC Number: 232978254
Notes: "An Ecco book."
Includes "P. S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover.
Description: 208, 16 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Grand stand-in --
Blowing up on the spot --
The dead sister handbook: a guide for sensitive boys --
Birds in the house --
Mortal kombat --
Tunneling to the center of the earth --
The shooting man --
The choir director affair (the baby's teeth) --
Go, fight, win --
The museum of whatnot --
Worst-case scenario.
Responsibility: Kevin Wilson.

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Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider -- a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted. Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both.

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