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Year of Fire: Stories (Harvest Original)

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Publisher Comments:

In these nineteen stories, David H. Lynn presents a vivid tapestry of human experience. From India to England, California to Detroit, we see the way in which people's lives and ambitions inevitably collide. They fight for property and torture each other's dogs. They rekindle old romances and build new futures in foreign lands. Following David Lynn around the world, we meet strangers who seem both exotic and familiar and find that their aspirations and fears look much like our own.

While many of the stories have appeared previously in publications like the Michigan Quarterly Review, Ontario Review, Triquarterly, Story Quarterly, Salt, Glimmer Train, and Salmagundi, the collection also includes four never-before-published stories.

Review:

"Neither villainous nor devout, the characters that people Lynn's collection of 19 stories negotiate ethics and morality in a world that offers no absolutes. An obscure poet masquerades as her more celebrated colleague in 'Mistaken Identity'; amid Detroit's 1967 raging race riots, a blue-blooded prep school teacher tends bar at a strip club on Eight Mile Road in the title story; a newlywed moonlights as an unfaithful vigilante in 'Muggings.' Kenyon Review editor Lynn (Wrestling with Gabriel) proffers no solutions to his characters' existential quandaries. Rather, their trials leave them 'in a kind of limbo, not even probation.' In a collection spanning India, England, Detroit and California, characters ponder confused, even mistaken identities in a world consumed with identity politics. Lynn also displays an adroitness with disaffected male protagonists, such as Duncan Boothe, the teacher-cum-bartender of the title story. 'It was over now,' Lynn writes, referring not to the race riots or to Boothe's dissolving marriage — these crises merely provide the backdrop for Boothe's central dilemma, jealousy of an awkward high school student with a fondness for Boothe's estranged wife. The stories of this collection occupy the gray borderland where betrayal mixes with trust, violence with affection, humiliation with lust. The effect is quietly haunting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In these nineteen stories, David H. Lynn presents a vivid tapestry of human experience. From India to England, California to Detroit, we see the way in which people's lives and ambitions inevitably collide. They fight for property and torture each other's dogs. They rekindle old romances and build new futures in foreign lands. Following David Lynn around the world, we meet strangers who seem both exotic and familiar and find that their aspirations and fears look much like our own.

While many of the stories have appeared previously in publications like the Michigan Quarterly Review, Ontario Review, Triquarterly, Story Quarterly, Salt, Glimmer Train, and Salmagundi, the collection also includes four never-before-published stories.

About the Author

DAVID H. LYNN teaches literature at Kenyon College and is the editor of the Kenyon Review. He is the author of a novel, Wrestling with Gabriel. He lives in Gambier, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Mistaken Identity

Dean of Women

Children of God

Year of Fire

Deserts and Dowries

Mt. Pleasant

Balked Eclogue

Chrysalis

Life Sentences

Poetry of the Amish

Birnkrandt and Kamenski

Muggings

Bondage

Moving House

Paschal Lamb

Tracks

Woodpeckers

Steps Through Sand, Through Fire

Naming the Stones

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030779
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Lynn, David H.
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Publication Date:
20060109
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Year of Fire: Stories (Harvest Original)
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Product details 276 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030779 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Neither villainous nor devout, the characters that people Lynn's collection of 19 stories negotiate ethics and morality in a world that offers no absolutes. An obscure poet masquerades as her more celebrated colleague in 'Mistaken Identity'; amid Detroit's 1967 raging race riots, a blue-blooded prep school teacher tends bar at a strip club on Eight Mile Road in the title story; a newlywed moonlights as an unfaithful vigilante in 'Muggings.' Kenyon Review editor Lynn (Wrestling with Gabriel) proffers no solutions to his characters' existential quandaries. Rather, their trials leave them 'in a kind of limbo, not even probation.' In a collection spanning India, England, Detroit and California, characters ponder confused, even mistaken identities in a world consumed with identity politics. Lynn also displays an adroitness with disaffected male protagonists, such as Duncan Boothe, the teacher-cum-bartender of the title story. 'It was over now,' Lynn writes, referring not to the race riots or to Boothe's dissolving marriage — these crises merely provide the backdrop for Boothe's central dilemma, jealousy of an awkward high school student with a fondness for Boothe's estranged wife. The stories of this collection occupy the gray borderland where betrayal mixes with trust, violence with affection, humiliation with lust. The effect is quietly haunting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In these nineteen stories, David H. Lynn presents a vivid tapestry of human experience. From India to England, California to Detroit, we see the way in which people's lives and ambitions inevitably collide. They fight for property and torture each other's dogs. They rekindle old romances and build new futures in foreign lands. Following David Lynn around the world, we meet strangers who seem both exotic and familiar and find that their aspirations and fears look much like our own.

While many of the stories have appeared previously in publications like the Michigan Quarterly Review, Ontario Review, Triquarterly, Story Quarterly, Salt, Glimmer Train, and Salmagundi, the collection also includes four never-before-published stories.

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