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Fishing the Sloe-Black River: Stories

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The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

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"A gifted and determined stylist, Colum McCann seems to have taken a vow never to write a dull line." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Beautiful...These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures....No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"12 exceptionally crafted and thought-provoking tales, in which we glimpse not only the immediate world of the characters but also a good deal of their origins and ancestry. This makes for rich, multilayered work." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A collection of stories which document a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. Each tale traces the re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the ordinary.

Synopsis:

The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

Synopsis:

The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

Colum McCann is the author of the novels This Side of Brightness and Songdogs, as well as the story collections Everything in This Country Must and Fishing the Sloe-Black River. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award, the 2002 Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award, as well as being nominated as finalist for the IMPAC Prize. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he currently lives with his wife and children in New York City.

The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and respoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

"A gifted and determined stylist, Colum McCann seems to have taken a vow never to write a dull line."The New York Times Book Review

"Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers."San Francisco Chronicle

"Beautiful . . . These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power."The Washington Post Book World

"There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures . . . No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it."The Baltimore Sun

"Tender and tough, artfully controlled and freewheeling . . . McCann has made himself a writer of consequence."Newsday

About the Author

Colum McCann is the author of the novels This Side of Brightness and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. He has received a Pushcart Prize, been an IMPAC finalist, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, he lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423384
Author:
McCann, Colum
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.475 in

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Product details 208 pages Picador USA - English 9780312423384 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A gifted and determined stylist, Colum McCann seems to have taken a vow never to write a dull line."
"Review" by , "Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers."
"Review" by , "Beautiful...These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power."
"Review" by , "There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures....No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it."
"Review" by , "12 exceptionally crafted and thought-provoking tales, in which we glimpse not only the immediate world of the characters but also a good deal of their origins and ancestry. This makes for rich, multilayered work."
"Synopsis" by , A collection of stories which document a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. Each tale traces the re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the ordinary.
"Synopsis" by ,
The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

"Synopsis" by ,
The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

Colum McCann is the author of the novels This Side of Brightness and Songdogs, as well as the story collections Everything in This Country Must and Fishing the Sloe-Black River. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award, the 2002 Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award, as well as being nominated as finalist for the IMPAC Prize. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he currently lives with his wife and children in New York City.

The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and respoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

"A gifted and determined stylist, Colum McCann seems to have taken a vow never to write a dull line."The New York Times Book Review

"Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers."San Francisco Chronicle

"Beautiful . . . These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power."The Washington Post Book World

"There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures . . . No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it."The Baltimore Sun

"Tender and tough, artfully controlled and freewheeling . . . McCann has made himself a writer of consequence."Newsday

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