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The war in Iraq empties the small town of Tumalo, Oregon, of men—of fathers—leaving their sons to fight among themselves. But the boys bravado fades at home when, alone, they check e-mail again and again for word from their fathers at the front.

Often from fractured homes and communities, the young men in these breathless stories do the unthinkable to prove to themselves—to everyone—that they are strong enough to face the heartbreak in this world. Set in rural Oregon with the shadow of the Cascade Mountains hanging over them, these stories bring you face-to-face with a mad bear, a house with a basement that opens up into a cave, a nuclear meltdown that renders the Pacific Northwest into a contemporary Wild West. Refresh, Refresh is a bold, fiery, and unforgettable collection that deals with vital issues of our time.

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"Percy's second collection (following last year's The Language of Elk) traces lives led in rural Oregon's fractured, mostly poor communities. The title story (selected for The Best American Short Stories 2006), presents Josh, a young man from small-town Tumalo who watches as men who signed up as Marine reservists for 'beer pay' leave to fight in the Iraq War, including Josh's father. As Josh's unreliable first person details a deer hunt, the escapades of the town recruitment officer and the less-and-less frequent e-mails from his father, tension slowly builds. Set during a blackout, 'The Caves in Oregon' follows geology teacher Becca and her husband, Kevin, as they explore a network of caves beneath their home, grappling to understand each other in the wake of a miscarriage. 'Meltdown' imagines a nuclear disaster in November 2009, while the menacing 'Whisper' opens with the accidental late-life death of Jacob, leaving his brother, Gerald, to care for Jacob's stroke-impaired wife. Percy's talent for putting surprising characters in difficult contemporary settings makes this a memorable collection." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Full of bravery and bravado, it fairly crackles with life. These stories mark the beginning of a long and brilliant career." Ann Patchett

Review:

"Benjamin Percy moves instinctively toward the molten center of contemporary writing, the place where genre fiction, in this case horror, overflows its boundaries and becomes something dark and grand and percipient. These stories contain a brutal power and are radiant with pain — only a writer of surpassing honesty and directness could lead us here." Peter Straub

Review:

"The title story in Percy's collection won the Plimpton and Pushcart prizes and was anthologized in Best American Short Stories of 2006, and justly so.... These are hard-hitting stories from a writer to watch." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

About the Author

Benjamin Percy was raised in the high desert of central Oregon. He currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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coffpm, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by coffpm)
Phenomenal collection. Has horrific elements, but not horror; fantastical elements, but not fantasy. Defies definition. One of my favorite stories is about a war vet who rides a Harley through a radioactive wasteland after a nuclear meltdown in Oregon and is hounded by vigilante gangs of immigrants. As far as short story collections go, for me this ranks up there with "Jesus' Son" by Denis Johnson and "The Pugilist at Rest" by Thom Jones.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974855
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Percy, Benjamin
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20071002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.36 x 0.76 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Percy's second collection (following last year's The Language of Elk) traces lives led in rural Oregon's fractured, mostly poor communities. The title story (selected for The Best American Short Stories 2006), presents Josh, a young man from small-town Tumalo who watches as men who signed up as Marine reservists for 'beer pay' leave to fight in the Iraq War, including Josh's father. As Josh's unreliable first person details a deer hunt, the escapades of the town recruitment officer and the less-and-less frequent e-mails from his father, tension slowly builds. Set during a blackout, 'The Caves in Oregon' follows geology teacher Becca and her husband, Kevin, as they explore a network of caves beneath their home, grappling to understand each other in the wake of a miscarriage. 'Meltdown' imagines a nuclear disaster in November 2009, while the menacing 'Whisper' opens with the accidental late-life death of Jacob, leaving his brother, Gerald, to care for Jacob's stroke-impaired wife. Percy's talent for putting surprising characters in difficult contemporary settings makes this a memorable collection." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Full of bravery and bravado, it fairly crackles with life. These stories mark the beginning of a long and brilliant career."
"Review" by , "Benjamin Percy moves instinctively toward the molten center of contemporary writing, the place where genre fiction, in this case horror, overflows its boundaries and becomes something dark and grand and percipient. These stories contain a brutal power and are radiant with pain — only a writer of surpassing honesty and directness could lead us here."
"Review" by , "The title story in Percy's collection won the Plimpton and Pushcart prizes and was anthologized in Best American Short Stories of 2006, and justly so.... These are hard-hitting stories from a writer to watch."
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