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Fly Over State

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Fly-Over State, the debut composite novel of Emma Straub.
Paperback, 51 pages
Published October 3rd 2009 by Flatmancrooked (first published 2009)
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Fly-Over State reveals Straub to be an author who can write with both a wry, biting style and with real empathy, often at the same time. She left me laughing at and caring about her characters. She uses humor in the way an individual might as a defense mechanism, so even as it conceals it let's us infer what's being hidden. It's a slatted fence to hide her characters' discontent. At a glance, we see only the fence, but the reward is what can be glimpsed through the gaps.
Paul Eckert
To be honest, I picked this book off my shelf because I wanted something short to read, and at 76 pages, this book fits the bill. I didn't know what to expect because I had never read any of Straub's work before, but it came highly recommended from some author friends.

I was pleasantly surprised. Straub's style is instantly engaging because of its humor and honesty. We see the strengths and weaknesses of each character, and each flaw or virtue reveals a truth about that person that makes them im
When Michael Schaub and the Largehearted Boy started raving about Emma Schaub’s Fly-over State on Twitter, it took me roughly 48 seconds to order up the book. That kind of hype cannot be withstood. Besides, nobody has influenced my reading over the past few years more than they have.

It was high hopes and an open heart that I dove into this odd little book by Emma Straub. That’s not meant to be dismissive. It is an odd little book. It’s only 77 pages and contains two short stories. The, for lack
Matthew Muilenburg
I can appreciate the subtlety of lesser conflicts, but in the title story, which is actually a shorter novella or longer short story, the end comes on entirely too quickly without anything truly happening. I enjoyed Straub's prose, first-person in Fly-Over State, and laughed several times at her wit and humor and word play. However, she does reference Craigslist, Hairspray (Travolta's take, not the original Divine version) and other colloquialisms, which really date the material and often leave ...more
One novella + one story = a perfect morning read. These two stories are deceptively quiet and lean on the surface, incredibly charged underneath. . .the most difficult kind to get right, and Straub does it exceptionally well. I love it when characters speak your language and stay with you. Mud, Sophie, Teddy, Richard, all of them are lost and longing to connect to something or someone. This is life in all its confusion, ridiculousness, and beauty.
Emma Straub is a gifted storyteller. I found myself completely absorbed in the worlds of each tale, relating to the authenticity of the characters. Looking forward to reading her next book.
Thia is a very small book with two short stories. I liked the writing but the stories really seemed to go nowhere in the end.
The ending rocks. (The rest does too, but I was really impressed with the final scene--so eerie and perfect.)
Alyssa Knickerbocker
Hilarious and weird and wonderful. Fits in your back pocket.
Charming! A tiny book with tuns to say. Buy it! Read it!
Two stories. My friend. On Wisconsin!
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Emma Straub is from New York City. Her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, will be published by Riverhead Books in September 2012. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, arrived in February 2012, also published by Riverhead Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, Slate, Co ...more
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