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The New York Stories: Three Volumes in One Collection

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In 2006, celebrated author Ben Tanzer began working on a series of short stories all set in the fictional upstate New York town of Two Rivers, most of them published in various literary journals over the years and eventually collected into the three small volumes Repetition Patterns (2008), So Different Now (2011), and After the Flood (2014). Now for the first time, all 33 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (first published May 17th 2015)
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Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 29, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
It changed my life.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love that these stories are all finally out together and in print. I've been on this ride from the beginning, never questioning going all the way to the end. Some of these stories were my first experience with Tanzer, and I kept going back for more. It was great to watch this develop over the years, but it's best that everything is together now because as I read more and more of these stories as time went on I increasingly realized how much they were a part of a single big picture. I couldn't ...more
Behnam Riahi
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The New York Stories, written by Ben Tanzer and published by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, is a short-story collection set in the fictional town of Two Rivers, New York. A small region of only a few hundred predominantly Caucasian folk with a startlingly high rate of cancer, Two Rivers is turned upside down when the storm of the century rocks the town off its foundations. Suddenly, the adulterous attitude
Jason Pettus
[DISCLOSURE: I am the owner of the small press that published this book.]

I'm happy to say that CCLaP is finally getting its original books finished and online a lot faster this year than we ever have before; and here's our book for this coming June, the long-awaited compilation of every story Ben Tanzer has ever written in the last ten years about the fictional upstate New York town of Two Rivers. Many of you are of course already familiar with Tanzer and some of these stories -- he's grown in t
Apr 17, 2015 added it
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I LOVE BEN TANZER BOOKS. And I was a lucky girl to be able to blurb this one.
"Ben Tanzer's stories are both familiar and surprising, a scarf and a knife. Stories full of people we know, love. People we don't want to know, don't want to love. Stories full of desire and sadness and almost. Stories over beers and tequila, stories inside sex and storms. Ben! He is one of my favorites for all sorts of reasons and one of those reasons is yes and another is hell yes."

AND ALSO. I read these stories and
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Tanzer fairly early on, but not early enough to catch most of these stories when they were first published. The collector in me loves it when a press collects loads of early, often out-of-print work into a new book – and The New York Stories does just that, and does it gorgeously.

When read all together, the patchwork Tanzer weaves can finally be truly appreciated. It reminds me of Don Carpenter's The Class of '49 – which, if you know Carpenter, is high praise. Tanzer's characters w
Giano Cromley
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Midway through this book one of the narrators says: "Some of us leave home and come back. Some of us never leave." This book explores the particular draw that pulls people back to the places of their birth and upbringing, places that hold mostly pain, sorrow and regret. The characters here spend their time retracing their lives, trying to pinpoint where things went wrong, and occasionally finding solace in another fellow seeker, if not outright absolution.

The true joy to gain from reading this s
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I didn't have any preconceived notions when i received this book, though excitement was high from the gift itself. Then, I found out I loved reading the stories! Only one thing could make it better: the author reading them aloud (discussed this and more on Twitter - there's also a video of author reading one of the stories available). Okay, enough semi-coherent fan-girling from me, yeah I liked the stories.
Mathieu Cailler
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gritty and gorgeous look at the beauty within the mundane. Ben Tanzer is one hell of a writer, and I'm a better man and writer for having read his work.
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a terrific honor to take an early look at Ben Tanzer's new book. The guy's a bottomless keg of talent. I'm still drunk.

Really, it's kind of unfair how easy he makes it all seem.

My blurb:

"In his beautiful and deeply American The New York Stories, Ben Tanzer returns to the upstate place where it all began: childhood, adolescence, the buds of adulthood. Caterpillar guts ooze out on the pavement, as do restless hearts. 'Thirsty's still serves beer, the Susquehanna River still flows, and you
Dave Newman
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of The New York Stories and blurb it. Excellent book by an excellent writer. Here's my blurb:

The millions of unseen things that happen inside the heart finally start to come clear in Ben Tanzer’s The New York Stories. Everyone here—from the teenage girls to the grown men trying to sleep with them, from the guy in therapy to the therapist—is filled with a desire so painful it will make you ache. Come to Thirsty’s and drink a Yuengling because it might be all ther
Jason Fisk
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After I read Tanzer’s, The New York Stories, I found myself dissecting the collection like a sommelier in training, sorting out the flavors as the wine hits the palate. I detected hints of Sherwood Anderson’s, Winesburg, Ohio, or Edgar Lee Masters’, Spoon River Anthology, in that through glimpses of these characters’ lives, we are able to see a larger picture of a place. There were also hints of Raymond Carver detected in the stories. Like much of Carver’s work, they were intense and portrayed a ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot to love in these stories of relationships, ennui, confusion and love.

Here's a great part:

"...I leave when my time is up, and I re-enter the real world, and reality, no longer as supported or safe as I just was in the protective cocoon of the office, but now better able to re-experience life in all its messy chaos. I try to keep everything constant and balanced, not too high, not too low, always pushing, but cool, not removed, but still more tightly wrapped than I would like to be.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I'm torn on where to rate it, honestly.

I really really liked the first two sections. There's a great sense of a sort of toxic nostalgia and it is written so well and so subtly in many of the earlier stories. It's still present (maybe with a little more darkness) in the third section, but there is a lot of (I assume unintentionally) silliness in and around the flood stories even as they take you to that wholly darker place.

I think these stories are definite
Brian Alan Ellis
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"...this omnibus (academic words!) of Tanzer’s short fiction is AMAZEBALLZ! Seriously killer, powerful, etc. etc. stuff. Like getting a totally sweet hand job from someone with an MFA—someone really smart, but also someone kinda shifty, kinda dangerous. Harkens back to the golden age of dirty realism, where Carver and A.M. Holmes and Gaitskill and Tobias Wolff were all your tightest bros."

Excerpt from
Steve Karas
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Essential Tanzer. Interesting seeing this prolific Chicago writer's work change and grow over a nine year stretch. And fun stopping for a pint of Yuengling at Thirsty's periodically along the way. I'm partial to After the Flood, the stories surrounding the storm of the century, and its tone, which I think differs from any of Tanzer's previous work.
Robert Vaughan
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is terrific- review forthcoming. Suffice to say pick up a copy!
Al Kratz
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Took me this long to read only because I was on a lot of vacations where I didn't have any down time to read. Writing a review of this for Alternating Current now.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the book. This...I have no words. So good. Go read it.
Michael A. Van Kerckhove
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lesson in gut-punching through brevity. I particularly grooved on the third section, After the Flood, for its connection to a central event.
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Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning coach, creative strategist, podcaster, writer, teacher and social worker who has been helping nonprofits, publishers, authors, small business and career changers tell their stories for 20 plus years. He is the author of the soon to be re-released short story collection UPSTATE and several award-winning books, including the science fiction novel Orphans and the e ...more

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