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Where the Money Went Signed 1st Editionby Kevin Canty
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Few writers are as praised as Kevin Canty, a master of the short story whose work has been compared to that of Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver.
In Where the Money Went, he has crafted a luminous collection bursting with intensity of emotion, evoking at its core the very human need to make sense of a nonsensical world.
From the narrator who struggles with his abiding loyalty to his ex-wife when he finds love with another woman to the newly divorced man who learns more than he wants to know about his friends' long-term marriages, these nine stories incisively touch on the complex nature of love from a male perspective. Canty, whose writing has been praised as, "smart, gritty, unsentimental" (The New York Times), "lovely and unforgiving" (The Boston Globe), "enchanting and painful" (USA Today), powerfully conveys both the bitterness that can afflict romantic relationships, and the moments of tenderness that cut through it.
"In 'The Birthday Girl,' one of nine tales of ruined or decaying relationships in Canty's third collection, a divorced father reaches out to a woman in a bar 'to help, if I can, for just one night, her loneliness.' This yearning for companionship resonates throughout, though the choices and consequences are far from uniform. 'They Were Expendable' sees a man turning to the comforts of television following the death of his wife, to whom he wants to remain faithful; an unexpected romance gives him new clarity. In 'No Place in the World for You,' the volume's most memorable entry, a real estate agent and his harried wife cope with a bite-happy child while the agent's clients deal with their own marital drama. 'The Emperor of Ice Cream' tracks two adult children of separated parents, the younger of whom has just been released from the hospital after a drunken car crash involving his older brother; conflicts reignite and place them in a new and dangerous situation. Canty exposes the cracks and seams in ordinary marriages, skillfully examining infidelity and the range of directions life can take once the relationship has ended." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Delicate stories of love and relationships, infidelities and breakups — and occasional, tentative movements toward reconciliation.Canty writes incisively and pays special attention to the nuances of longing, bitterness and regret." Kirkus Reviews
"Canty is interested in looking unflinchingly at what we really think and feel and the moral and ethical fallout of this, as opposed to how we believe we should think and feel..." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
About the Author
Kevin Canty is the award-winning author of the short-story collections Honeymoon and other Stories and A Stranger in This World, as well as three novels including Winslow in Love. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Montana and lives in Missoula.
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