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Paperback, 228 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by FiveChapters Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lee
Nov 02, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing
You know that scene in "North by Northwest" -- Cary Grant confronts the terrifying open space of fields occupied only by an approaching crop duster -- that's what these characters face, sort of, but they do so in crap apartments, in rotten bungalows, in bars, and in one case while bicycling across Illinois while a modern cropduster buzzes nearby. These are solid, well-constructed, carefully crafted stories of the type I would call "classic." Set mostly in Chicago and the infinite cornfields ...more
Joe
May 30, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly rewarding collection. The nine stories in Stansel's first book are enough to remind people why they liked serious, classically structured stories in the first place. That's not to say the book lacks surprises--there are plenty of those, too, but they rise from the organic twists and turns of strongly rendered characters which run the gamut from young hippies in the rural Illinois of the '60s to a lonely, forty-something hostel owner in Houston in the present day. All of the ...more
Sue
It's rare that I enjoy a short story collection cover to cover, but every one of these delivered. The stories feature mid-westerners on the fringes and on the edge - not quite, but almost marginalized, whose good intentions are not quite enough to give them the second chances they're shooting for. Beautiful language, heartbreaking characters and a healthy dose of cynicism in well crafted, traditionally structured stories, reminiscent of Andres Dubus, Richard Russo, Stuart Dybek, and Charles ...more
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Jul 10, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
I am not a big fan of the short story. Except for those by William Trevor and T.C. Boyle, I usually avoid short story collections. And now I have this luminous collection by Ian Stansel to add to my list of wonderful short story writers. This man has quite a gift. I'm a fan. I highly recommend you go right out get yourself a copy of this collection.
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Ian Stansel is a writer, editor, and teacher. His collection of stories, Everybody's Irish, is available from FiveChapters Books.

Ian holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where from 2010 to 2012 he served as the editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

His fiction has appeared
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