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Stories in the Old Style

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ISBN13: 9780977228331
ISBN10: 0977228339
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This collection of eighteen previously published short stories by Al Sim includes "Get the Can," winner of the 2001 Glimmer Train Short Story Contest. Bill Roorbach, author of "Big Bend," "The Smallest Color" and "Temple Stream," says, "Stories in the Old Style harkens back to the days of Cannery Row, of Jack London, to the splendid era of American realists. Al Sim's people are the people Johnny Cash sings about, whether the setting is the great Southwest or Soho in New York City. And these are the people who make America such a complex and bedeviled place. So turn off the electric lights, unplug the phone, shoot your TV, and sit down in the easiest easy chair you've got: it's time to enjoy Stories in the Old Style."

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Lacey Follet, May 10, 2009 (view all comments by Lacey Follet)
I think this guy is the reincarnation of John Steinbeck.
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Mary Akers, February 28, 2007 (view all comments by Mary Akers)
Each one of Sim's 18 stories is a deliciously self-contained treat. My very favorites were: "Two Head Gone," a story of human helplessness in the face of ordinary but devastating loss; "The Freedom Pig," in which a runaway slave and his master's pig conspire to reach the promised land; "Get the Can," a lovely, lyrical short-short that uses a childhood game of one-up to show that all things are possible; and especially "Fetch," an emotionally packed short-short that ripped my heart out and left it bleeding in the snow at the edge of the frozen lake.

No stranger to publication, Sim's stories have previously appeared in such vaunted journals as Glimmer Train, Antietam Review, Crab Creek Review, North Atlantic Review, Fourteen Hills, The Literary Review, Red Cedar Review, and New Millennium Writings. And his choice of title? Well, Sim titled his collection spot-on, in my view, because his stories truly are written in the "old style." They hearken back to such various influences as the surprise endings of O. Henry, the grit and realism of John Steinbeck and the barely contained wildness of Jack London.

As a group, or stand alone, Sim's stories are spare and brutally beautiful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977228331
Publisher:
Press 53
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Sim, Al
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.50x5.50x.58 in. .72 lbs.

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