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Honeymoon: And Other Stories

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  194 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The characters in Kevin Canty’s new collection are people we all know. People who are perhaps ourselves, searching, often in the wrong places, for something meaningful, or real, or at least, for a moment, right. Here are couples like Vincent and Laurie, who after beginning an ill-timed relationship, escape for a weekend at the beach, where they confront their inevitable se ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Faith Santiago
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Honeymoon and other stories”
By Kevin Canty
Vintage Books
New York, 2002

In Honeymoon: And Other Stories stories by Kevin Canty, a world of daring love and uncontrollable desire take control of many people that are just like you and me. In this world, we are on a search for ourselves and try to find out who we really are through the trials and tribulations we claim to be part of our lives. We smile, cry, and laugh, but we in turn experience pleasure, pain, anger and sadness all within a matter of m
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A tremendous collection of spare stories. Canty's characters are people about to make a bad decision or reeling from the effects of one. He creates stories and worlds with a remarkable economy of words; he dives in and dives right back out and as a reader you just hang on for the ride and then marvel at how quickly and efficiently the writing has succeeded in moving you completely. Highly recommended.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
veramente una gran raccolta. storie delicate e terribili, come sospese- non c'è mai nulla di troppo spiegato eppure ogni cosa appare chiara.
i migliori: il vestito rosso, lo spaventapasseri e carolina beach.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this guy--short story master.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americani
Il sogno americano?
Il libro è molto ben scritto, ma nel complesso non mi ha convinto. C’è un vasto campionario infelicità. L’infelicità è parte della vita e bisogna imparare ad elaborarla: tuttavia sarebbe meglio diversificare l’offerta. Diversi racconti mi sembrano deboli e mi pare che vogliano stupire il lettore con una trovata paradossale. Altri sono più onesti e mi piacciono molto di più. La storia dell’uomo che si innamora di una donna che esce (forse) da una grave malattia può non essere n
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Canty writes with brutal honesty. He is the kind of author who enters characters' heads and talks for them instead of taking a sketcher's position. It is rather surprising that Kevin Canty is described (in another book though) as " the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford...". In fact, I happened to read "Honeymoon" and "Rock springs" simultaneously, one in my office at daytime and one at home at night. The contrast of the two books is just as stark as the the bac ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book of short stories
Meghan C.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
If you like lyrical language put to sad ends, then these stories are for you. For everyone else be forewarned, these stories are not meant to be enjoyed. There might be a turn of phrase here, or a quip there that brings a wry smile, but on the whole the mood is world-weary, the perspective is Brechtian but without the jazz. Life within these stories is nasty, brutish and short and what beauty there is to be had is only glimpsed out of the darkening window of a moving car.

Canty’s writing here is
Karisa Wodz
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Honeymoon: And Other Stories
By Kevin Canty
Vintage Books
New York, 2002

Love: The True, The Real, The Void

If you have ever longed for something that you didn’t really want, or ever pursued avenues of happiness, knowing that heartache was soon to follow- then you will be a fan of Kevin Canty’s Honeymoon: And Other Stories. Do not be fooled by the title that omits visions of white-satin sheets full of lovemaking and bliss- Honeymoon contains eleven stories of raw emotions, realistic love and tangi
Rosa Lee Mullins
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How do you react when you see someone you secretly love to hate? This question goes through the minds of each of the characters in Kevin Canty’s short stories collection. The eleven stories in this collection are of people who everyone is familiar with and can relate to, as well as people who are so awkward that they make the story hard to believe. The characters are involved in awkward relationships, bothered by each other, and are unable to properly interact with other humans. Some characters ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I mean, most of the stories here were just plain BAD. Like, seriously and very and all-out bad. I think the biggest problem is that the stories never go anywhere—most are just ideas or concepts, but contain no actual narrative. They never move beyond a single scene. The one story that does, the penultimate, rises far above the rest, if only for this reason. The opening three, though, holy Jesus. Just basically terrible. There's also stuff like nearly every story is told in the present tense, whi ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honeymoon: And Other Stories is an excellent collection of short stories. What I absolutely love about each of these stories is that the writing is crisp, precise and powerful and that each one moves at a steady pace that delivers as much impact as possible without dragging on and on and on. Also, I feel that Canty creates characters that are deep, that long for understanding and love. He surrounds these characters with powerful emotions, desires, and he creates dialogue that is just as sharp an ...more
Simone Subliminalpop
Era da tempo che non leggevo una raccolta così buona e sarà perché è un autore che tira le MIE corde, ma questo libro ve lo consiglio spassionatamente. <br />Canty ha quella capacità, che io amo particolarmente, di creare un’atmosfera e le sensazioni che vi gravitano attorno grazie ai piccoli gesti, dialoghi precisi, un ritmo in grado di tenere viva la tensione narrativa e tutto questo senza urlare, senza fuochi d’artifizio.
Great writer. Discovered by reading a review at
Rvparks Parks
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not as good as previous efforts, beautiful, nonetheless.
Chloe Harlow
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
great writing
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Not as good as A Stranger In This World. Read that instead.
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Kevin Canty writes novels and short stories. He is a faculty member in the English department at the University of Montana at Missoula, where he currently resides. He received his Masters degree in English from the University of Florida in 1990, and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona in 1993.
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