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Copy Cats (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction)

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Awards

Winner of the Flannery O?Connor Award for Short Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Featuring seven stories and a novella, David Crouse's powerful debut collection depicts people staring down the complicated mysteries of their own identities. "Who are you?" a homeless man asks his would-be benefactor in the title story. On the surface it's a simple question, but one that would stump many of the characters who inhabit these carefully rendered tales.

In the edgy novella "Click" Jonathan's ongoing photo-documentary of a prostitute exposes how little intensity remains between him and his fiancée, Margaret. While Jonathan is plagued with doubts about his motivations and abilities as an artist, Margaret is worn out by her obligations not just to her needy husband-to-be but to all the men in her life. In "The Ugliest Boy," Justin develops an odd friendship with Steven, his girlfriend's brother. Steven was disfigured by fire in a childhood accident. Justin bears wounds more deeply hidden. The two forge a strange bond based on their anger and pain.

Crouse's stories often involve people trapped on the margins of society, confronted by diminishing possibilities and various forms of mental illness. The junior executive in "Code" worries about his job?and his sanity — amid a sudden and wide-sweeping corporate layoff. A manic-depressive father and his teenage daughter dress as vampires and embark on a strange Halloween journey through their suburban neighborhood in the darkly humorous "Morte Infinita." In "Swimming in the Dark" a family gives up on itself. Shredded slowly over the years since the accidental drowning of the eldest son, the remaining family members seek their own separate peace, however imperfect.

The men and women in Copy Cats are unwilling and often unable to differentiate reality from fantasy. Cursed with what one of them calls "a pollution of ideas," these are people at war with their own imaginations.

Review:

"Despite a surfeit of crybabies, Crouse's bleak outlook is richly complex and deeply felt." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Every character is granted some moment of sympathetic tenderness whether he deserves it or not. Every story rewards the reader with fresh insights into characters made from the people who surround us every day." Frank Soos, author of Unified Field Theory: Stories

Review:

"David Crouse's voice has a cool, measured urgency to it that invites his readers not to miss the most delicate flickers of language as he describes his characters' often confused or detached states of mind....An elegant debut." Charlotte Bacon, author of There Is Room for You

About the Author

David Crouse lives in Haverhill, Massachusetts. His stories have appeared in such publications as the Massachusetts Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Chelsea, and Quarterly West.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Kopy Kats

Morte Infinita

Click

Crybaby

Swimming in the Dark

Code

The Ugliest Boy

Retreat

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820327464
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Crouse, David
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Alienation (Social psychology)
Subject:
Psychological fiction, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Publication Date:
20101001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.59 lb

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Product details 252 pages University of Georgia Press - English 9780820327464 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Despite a surfeit of crybabies, Crouse's bleak outlook is richly complex and deeply felt."
"Review" by , "Every character is granted some moment of sympathetic tenderness whether he deserves it or not. Every story rewards the reader with fresh insights into characters made from the people who surround us every day."
"Review" by , "David Crouse's voice has a cool, measured urgency to it that invites his readers not to miss the most delicate flickers of language as he describes his characters' often confused or detached states of mind....An elegant debut."
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