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In this debut collection of eight compulsively readable stories, Vestal McIntyre combines honesty and compassion with hilarious dialogue—bringing together the comic milieu of David Sedaris with the spot-on perceptions of Adam Haslett's You Are Not a Stranger Here. With "ONJ.com," a young woman in advertising decides she wants a gay man in her life, almost as if she were shopping for a poodle. Unluckily, the gay man she finds, a good-looking and fast-talking freelancer, isn't as pleasant and "fun" as she had hoped. In the loopy "Dunford," a lonely, aging architect with a suppressed fascination for female escorts decides impulsively to take the opportunity of his wife's absence to set up a date. Sadly for Dunford, he realizes too late that his escort doesn't share his penchant for masturbation in car washes. Quieter notes are sounded in "Foray" about a bookish teenaged recluse discovering an unexpected emotional connection to his family after his mother asks him to read Moby Dick to his young, mentally retarded cousin. And "Nightwalking" centers on a woman sleepwalker whose mother's death frames the occasion for a rocky family reunion. You Are Not the One marks the auspicious arrival of an exciting new talent.

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"Carroll & Graf's cover copy claims that McIntyre 'brings together the comic milieu of David Sedaris with the exquisite crafting of Alice Munro,' and while McIntyre does offer quirky scenarios (teenage hoodlums kidnapping a kid in a kangaroo costume; a 40-something wife performing a cocaine-fueled interpretive dance for a roomful of younger strangers) and moments of subtle insight (though they are hardly Munrovian), what he delivers primarily is a kind of unharnessed intelligence and insufficiently edited creativity, which he demonstrates in a bumpy series of eight stories revolving around the need for love and acceptance, whether it is from a lover, oneself or one's pet octopus. In 'Binge,' cocaine-snorting Lynn attends a party, ruminates on her attraction to a younger woman, considers her annoyance at her husband and, after the aforementioned dance, finds redemption of a sort thanks to a subway preacher. As an attempt at poignancy, it falls flat; it reads like a sudden end-stop for a garrulous narrator. 'Octo' is similarly challenged, as a boy must part with his beloved and now deceased pet octopus, and a roller-coaster ride serves to symbolically link him — in terror — with his nasty sister. 'ONJ.com' and 'Disability,' which consider complicated relationships between young gay men and their associates, ring true, however; the latter especially points to McIntyre's promise. Agent, Mitchell Waters. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this debut collection of eight compulsively readable stories, McIntyre combines honesty and compassion with hilarious dialogue, marking the auspicious arrival of an exciting new talent.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786714339
Author:
Mcintyre, Vestal
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
McIntyre, Vestal
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
325
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 11.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Carroll & Graf's cover copy claims that McIntyre 'brings together the comic milieu of David Sedaris with the exquisite crafting of Alice Munro,' and while McIntyre does offer quirky scenarios (teenage hoodlums kidnapping a kid in a kangaroo costume; a 40-something wife performing a cocaine-fueled interpretive dance for a roomful of younger strangers) and moments of subtle insight (though they are hardly Munrovian), what he delivers primarily is a kind of unharnessed intelligence and insufficiently edited creativity, which he demonstrates in a bumpy series of eight stories revolving around the need for love and acceptance, whether it is from a lover, oneself or one's pet octopus. In 'Binge,' cocaine-snorting Lynn attends a party, ruminates on her attraction to a younger woman, considers her annoyance at her husband and, after the aforementioned dance, finds redemption of a sort thanks to a subway preacher. As an attempt at poignancy, it falls flat; it reads like a sudden end-stop for a garrulous narrator. 'Octo' is similarly challenged, as a boy must part with his beloved and now deceased pet octopus, and a roller-coaster ride serves to symbolically link him — in terror — with his nasty sister. 'ONJ.com' and 'Disability,' which consider complicated relationships between young gay men and their associates, ring true, however; the latter especially points to McIntyre's promise. Agent, Mitchell Waters. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this debut collection of eight compulsively readable stories, McIntyre combines honesty and compassion with hilarious dialogue, marking the auspicious arrival of an exciting new talent.

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