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Close to Spider Man

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Close to Spider Man" marks the debut of an exciting new literary talent: a collection of connected stories whose female narrators seek out lives for themselves amidst the lonely, breathtaking landscape of the Yukon. The young women in Ivan Coyote's deeply personal stories are looking to make a break from their circumstances, but the North is in their bones: so is their co ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published October 1st 2000)
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Cheyenne Blue
Brilliant! Teeny-tiny stories with a loose coming-of-age theme, set in the Yukon Territory. These short short stories (most are only a few pages) are clearly and bluntly written. The bleak setting of the Yukon is a wonderful backdrop to these stories of girls and gender and love and childhood and adolescence.

Standouts for me were "No Bikini" in which the small girl narrator joins the boys in swimming class, leaving her bikini top behind, and "Red Sock Circle Dance" in which the narrator pledges
An excellent collection of short stories, rendered with feeling and a lovely writing style.
This is one of Ivan's earlier books, but I just got around to reading it now. This slim little volume of short pieces isn't my favourite book of Ivan's, but it's still very good. I loved finding out how Frances came into Ivan's life. I've always wondered what the original connection was, and what kind of serendipitous fortune brought them together. By my calculations, Frances would be about 20 now. (This book reflects all the way back to Frances at three.)
Erin  Cisewski
It's been so long since I've laughed out loud reading something. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hilarious.
Alcuni racconti sono anche nella raccolta "one in every cloud" che appare piu' di impatto.
Very easy to read. Some of the stories are heart warming.
Pam P
Feb 06, 2010 Pam P rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: keep
A beautiful book, affirming and heart warming. Especially good for the young,or those of us who are not strangled by the binary. I read it every year and have for the past 4 I think. I am getting a new set from the author's publishers. My first copy was a discard from the Oakland Library, and I have to say it was a terrible decision that they made. If I had read this book as a teen enduring alienation from the world, so much of my life would have been understandable,bearable. Grace that I surviv ...more
Coyote could write ad copy for long underwear and I will still love it.
I have never read anything that Ivan E. Coyote wrote that I did not like. This book has been on my list to read for a while now and it did not disappoint. There is something about each story that I can relate to in some way. A kid getting into trouble, that first kiss, discovering who you are and everything in between.
Slim, simply written collection of coming-of-age short stories set in theYukon, which I presume are fairly autobiographical. It felt like a first book but had a neat sensibility. I had my usual hard time connecting with short stories.
I have three books going at the moment. o_O But this is short stories, so it easy to pick up when I only have a couple of spare minutes for reading.
But the short stories are packing a punch, I am really enjoying this.
I really enjoy Ivan's voice. Close to Spider Man explores experiences of gender and sexuality while they are young and does so both beautifully and simply.
A very heartfelt bunch of stories about growing up knowing that you just don't fit in. An excellent read for oddballs everywhere.
Faisal Al-Moaiqel
short stories
first book i've read in english :)
i like it :)
Coyote is a deft writer. Each story a perfectly framed snapshot.
Cheryl Mccormick
First one I read of hers
short stories!
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Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last thirteen years they have become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
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