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Paradise Stories

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Fiction. Short Stories. "The Wright family lives in Chico with a little herd of goats and an exploded septic tank that drowns their yard, their interiors, their whole desperate souls with sewage, and that's just one of the hurdles they face in Dustin Heron's collection of linked PARADISE STORIES. In lesser hands his excremental invention might have lapsed into adolescent g ...more
114 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Small Desk Press
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I cannot be objective about this book for a number of reasons.

One: Dustin was a student in a class I was a teaching assistant in. I count him as a good friend.

Two: In that class he brought in early drafts of the short stories that became the crux of this book. I and others offered him critiques on those drafts.

Three: Dustin is a hopeless 49ers fan. They had a couple of "okay" quarterbacks in the 80s, but that's as far as this Raiders fan will admit.

Now, on to the book itself.

Paradise Stories is
My sister-in-law bought this for me after I requested books for my birthday. This one was penned by someone she knew, so I gave it a shot. At first I wasn't quite sure if I would like this novel (or novella? it barely stretches beyond 100 pages) featuring a talking pile of shit, but there was one supernatural story that stuck with me. Heron hits a lot of big topics -- poverty, family, death -- in his slender work, but his characters are always approachable. No way I would have found my way to th ...more
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: everyone
You can buy it here: Small Desk Press ...more
Millard Johnson
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not for everyone. By the middle of the book you are up to your chin in shit. You can all most taste the stuff and certainly smell it.

That said, this is a book that takes you places you will never go otherwise. The characters are strong and real. But what does it for me is the writing. Strong spare sentences. This is muscular prose of the best kind.
Hollyn Heron
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book...Highly sophisticated...Intelligent beyond reason...a book that will last the ages...comparitive to the works of Plato and Socrates...especially the shit monster...

Thanks for leaving me out of the book, Dick!
Zulema Renee Summerfield
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: steaming piles of poop like you
this book is the shit. seriously. and i'm not just saying that because dustin wrote it and i owe him twenty bucks and i'm hoping my rave review will cancel that out. ...more
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Dustin Heron's work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys, Passengers, Gravel, The Normal School, Fictive Dream, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His first book, Paradise Stories, was published by Small Desk Press. ...more

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