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The surprising place : stories

Author: Malinda McCollum
Publisher: Amherst and Boston : University of Massachusetts Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A woman walks a raccoon on a leash, a synchronized swimming coach pops pills during practice, a bagpiper holds a young girl hostage, and an orphan puts her fist through a window, discovering in the engine noise of a jet passing overhead the perfect witness to her inner pain. In this debut collection from prizewinning short story writer Malinda McCollum, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McCollum, Malinda.
Surprising place.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017050256
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malinda McCollum
ISBN: 9781625343482 1625343485
OCLC Number: 1012343515
Awards: Winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction
Description: x, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: He ain't Jesus --
The fifth wall --
Think straight --
Us, crazy --
Wonderland of rocks --
Sharks --
Your big sister --
House of troubles --
Days dirty --
Kicks --
Good monks --
Smart life --
The surprising place.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Malinda McCollum.

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"A woman walks a raccoon on a leash, a synchronized swimming coach pops pills during practice, a bagpiper holds a young girl hostage, and an orphan puts her fist through a window, discovering in the engine noise of a jet passing overhead the perfect witness to her inner pain. In this debut collection from prizewinning short story writer Malinda McCollum, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their way in the world, with few signposts for guidance. Set largely in Des Moines, Iowa, over the expanse of several decades, these twelve stories explore the surprising places where our outsized longings may lead us. In prose as lean and unflinching as an Iowa winter, these stories offer confrontation and consolation in equal measure."--

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