This Is Not an Accident: Stories
April Wilder’s characters (some normal, some less so) have this in common: they are spiraling (or inching) toward self-destruction. An almost poetic range of disasters are sought out and savored in This Is Not an Accident, from bad romance to iffy adoption de ...more
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I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to read descriptions that paint pictures in your head, without any regard to moving the plot along.
Like this passage from "We Were Champions:"
"The barbecue was a mean piece of hardware--a steel barrel sawed in half with posts and prongs and a crank welded to the sides. It was the work of a country boy consigned ...more
I guess everyone has a different sense of humor. I forced myself to finish the first story in this book. It was crazy beyond what I could handle. If you are in the mood for a read unlike any other you might enjoy this. I just couldn't go on.
Collections of short stories are often variations on a common theme, and in This Is Not an Accident April Wilder seems to have chosen the theme of chaos, disaster, their effects on relationships, and maintaining a sense of purpose through it all. Let's examine that theory shall we? In "This is not an accident" (the short story, not the collection), Kat is enrolled in a remedial driver's training course for adults d/t her apparent inability to control and/or maintain her vehicle at a safe speed...more
This is Not an Accident by April Wilder
224 pages, Viking Adult, January 2014
I was never much of a short-story person. I like meatier things. I like to know more about characters, and I like to know their whole story, not just a snippet that a short story gives you.
I have, however, been very lucky with short story collections lately. Either authors are stepping up their games or I’m ge ...more
I don’t understand this book. I went into this book knowing that the characters were going to be weird, but I overestimated my weirdness tolerance. This Is Not an Accident is a creative spin on reality, OR a realistic look at the lives we live, depending on how well you can relate to the characters. I couldn’t relate to the characters at all, and to me, Wilder’s characters and storylines seem to teeter between insanity and, ...more
Unfortunately, however, this book just wasn't ...more
Thank you to Random House and the Goodreads First Read program for the opportunity to read this free of cost.
If you took Jenny Lawson (2 parts), Garrison Keillor (1 part) and a pint of bitters, and shook vigorously, this is the sense of humor which might be the outcome. It's wry, edgy, and very dark. You can see from the divergence of the ratings and reviews that this is controversial (courageous, even) work. It's not political humor, t ...more
**However, I did ...more
As a general rule I like things that are considered weird or alternative; however, this was really hard to read. It was difficult to understand, especially the first 2 stories. The last story seemed to have the most potential and I found the most interesting. There were pieces that were funny and some small areas that were entertaining, but these were too small of excerpts to bring my rating up. Even short stories have some sort of ending ...more
This was not what I expected. I'm so sorry, but I couldn't get through it. I was just...ugh! I felt too bored to get through everything and I didn't really connect. There wasn't anything for me to feel with these characters. No spark or feeling of connection.
It was like these characters were strangers. Most character to me are family and extended family...especially Harry Potter. He was like an older brother to me. A wizard fictional older brother. But the ...more
Throughout each story in this book I wavered on my eventual rating. It was hit or miss, leaning towards the hit side of things due to the great amount of detail and vividness put into each tale, whether or not I enjoyed or related to the actual content.
First off, these stories are weird. Secondly, they're WEIRD, I tell you!
Have an open mind, maybe a little quirk here and there for good measure and you will find this book at least somewhat en ...more
I did win this book in a goodreads giveaway and overall i'm glad I did!
Characters were skillfully built around intimate and sometimes unexplainable actions. Environments came as snapshots from what characters were seeing.
My hope is that if there are really that many people wandering around who are so dysfunctional and dark, I don't want to know about it.
Whenever I read a book of short stories, I always find that I like some of the stories more than I do others. This book was no exception. The story "Creative Writing Instructor Evaluation Form" made me laugh out loud. However, the other short stories and the novella were full of creepy-crawly characters that made me shudder.
Fans of Tama Janowitz and Joyce Carol Oates would like this book.
Some of us might even know people like some in the stories.
I look forward to reading more by April Wilder and highly recommend reading : This Is Not an accident :Stories