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Troublemakers is an often hilarious, sometimes frightening, occasionally off-the-wall collection of stories about men living on the edge. From the streets of Chicago's southwest side to the rural roads of Nebraska to the small towns of southern Illinois, these men tread a very fine line between right and wrong, love and hate, humor and horror.

Each story is a Pandora's box
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by University Of Iowa Press
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Jim
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicago, fiction
Simply put, John McNally is a hell of a writer. In all of these stories, the characters are either in trouble, trying to avoid trouble, or compelled to rush headlong into some bad decision-making. Like a lot of us, McNally's protagonists suddenly look up and wonder how they got to where they are. In some of the stories, there is a sense of resolution; in others, a feeling that just getting to the next day is a victory in itself.
Mike
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Seekers of promise
As most short-story collections by youngish writers go, this one is hit or miss. But, at least two thirds of Troublemakers is really solid, perhaps even excellent. It makes me want to read more. I will read more.
Ron
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read my review at my blog.
Michael Ladd
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
McNally has the amazing ability to make you care so much about characters in so few pages. Perhaps his best tool, to make you actually care.
Patricia McNair
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books; I often use it in my fiction writing classes to show students the possibilities of the contemporary short story.
Casey
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
McNally's debut collection delivers the goods. Both funny and poignant. Looking forward to reading more of his work.
Tim Lepczyk
There are some funny stories in this collection. Overall, an enjoyable read, but not stunning.
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John McNally is the author of three novels (After the Workshop, America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph) and two story collections (Ghosts of Chicago and Troublemakers). He's written two books on writing: Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercise for Writing Fiction and The Creative Writer's Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist He's edited six fiction anthologies, on subjects ra ...more
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