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Phone Calls from the Dead

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A bodybuilder is charged with superhuman energy and an ability to make lightbulbs explode. A grieving father tries to communicate with his dead son via a tape recorder. A high school girl claims to have her uncle's nipple in an envelope. A thirtysomething woman is fired from her dead-end job at Manpower and comes to understand her life through the experience of a German sh ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 14th 2001 by Algonquin Books (first published 2001)
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Mar 04, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories, 2010
"On the sidewalk, the woman leaned around Gary and called in through the window, 'You take care of yourself, baby doll.' She didn't meet my eyes but there was something unexpectedly tender and personal in her voice, and I felt tears start. I had noticed this phenomenon other times since I'd moved to the South, during other breakups and also right after my grandfather, who I loved, had died: black people, homeless people, and dogs would stop and stare at me on the street, give me special, signifi ...more
I bought this book several years ago and just now got around to reading it.
Despite the title and to my slight surprise , the book really has nothing to do with the phenomena of phone calls from the dead.
Only one story is about after death communication.Leaving that aside though, the book is an overall enjoyable read.
Mrs. Brenner is indeed a talented writer as several times throughout the book I marveled at her ability to spin a story out of a bare or unlikely scenario.However, the book does have
Feb 13, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ordered this book by mistake. I was researching parapsychology for a book I was writing about the former Duke Parapsychology Laboratory and there's another book with the same title about purported phone calls from the dead.

I didn't return Brenner's book though, after reading the story "The Human Side of Instrumental Transcommunication." The title of that story alone was so painfully, poignantly evocative of certain group. Every sentence was spare and dead on in such an accurate and heartbreaki
Overall this book is not brilliant or awesome, but it has some really nice stories in it. One of the better finds in the free pile at work. Of course the title is what struck me (plus the "free" part) because it sounds like a Carver title and it has the word "dead" in it, but by the first story, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I might re-read it and then I think I'll give it away (any takers?) - it's worth recommending and I really think I like this author.
Aug 11, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars - average beginning and end, but two excellent and one very good story in the middle. "Are we Almost There" nails the inner monologue of an American tween on vacation with her parents in Mexico and "The Cantankerous Judge" fires on all cylinders with a portrayal of grad students, service jobs, casual insanity, and the bad television show that pulls the disparate forces together. Read these two and "Mr. Puniverse" if you have the chance.
Jan 29, 2013 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, off-beat stories. For a short story collection, not bad.
Sarah Brehm
It's been a while since I've read this, but I have so many fond memories of Wendy's classes at UNCW.
Mar 27, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, read Wendy Brenner- great short stories.
Danette Bouzanquet
The buffalo story. The buffalo story.
Jul 25, 2007 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-reads
brenner was one of my university professors and she had a great way of looking at comes out beautifully in her writing!
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