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If we were electric

Author: Patrick Earl Ryan
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
Series: Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction
Edition/Format:   eBook : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If We Were Electric's twelve stories celebrate New Orleans in all of its beautiful peculiarities-macabre and magical, muddy and exquisite, sensual and spiritual. This debut collection finds its characters in moments of desire and despair, often stuck on the verge of a great metamorphosis, but burdened by some unreasonable love. These are stories about missed opportunities, about people on the outside who don't fit  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ryan, Patrick Earl.
If we were electric
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2020017707
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Earl Ryan
ISBN: 9780820358086 0820358088
OCLC Number: 1154125300
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Before Las Blancas --
Blackout --
Feux Follet --
The Blue Son --
An Undisturbed Dark Place --
Between Here and There --
The Cargo --
I Wouldn't Say No --
Labor --
If We Were Electric --
Where It Takes Us --
The Tempest.
Series Title: Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: stories by Patrick Earl Ryan.

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"If We Were Electric's twelve stories celebrate New Orleans in all of its beautiful peculiarities-macabre and magical, muddy and exquisite, sensual and spiritual. This debut collection finds its characters in moments of desire and despair, often stuck on the verge of a great metamorphosis, but burdened by some unreasonable love. These are stories about missed opportunities, about people on the outside who don't fit in, about the consequences of not mustering enough courage to overcome the binds. In "Feux Follet," an old man's grief attracts supernatural lights in the dark Louisiana swamps. An exploding transformer's raw, unnerving energy in the title story matches the strange, ferocious temper of an unlucky hustler. "Blackout" sets the profound numbness of a young man physically abused by his mentally unstable partner beside the meaningful beauty of an unexpected moment of joy with someone else. The teenage narrator in "Before Las Blancas" is so overwhelmed by his sexuality that he abandons everything and everyone he's known to live in a happy illusion...in Mexico. And "Where It Takes Us" is a poignant, understated snapshot of a gay man who accompanies his straight, HIV-positive brother to the race track to bond again"--

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