Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    The Powell's Playlist | August 11, 2015

    Felicia Day: IMG Felicia Day's Playlist for You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)



    These songs go along with some of the chapters in my book You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Hope you enjoy! 1. "Sooner or Later" by... Continue »
    1. $18.19 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer

On Order

$20.95
New Trade Paper
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

This title in other editions

Drowning Lessons (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction)

by

Drowning Lessons (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The stories in Drowning Lessons engage water as both a vital and a potentially hazardous presence in our lives. "You can touch water," says Peter Selgin, "you can taste it and feel its temperature, you can even hold it in your hands. Still it remains elusive, ill-defined, shaped only by what surrounds or contains it."

With empathy and wit Selgin introduces us to characters navigating the choppy waters of human relationships. In "Swimming" an avid swimmer fights the stasis in his marriage by prodding his out-of-shape but contented wife to take up the sport--with near-disastrous results. A pond is the setting of "The Wolf House," which tells of the reunion and dissolution of a group of high school friends brought together for a funeral. "The Sinking Ship Man" chronicles a day in the life of an African American caretaker in charge of the only remaining survivor of the Titanic disaster. In "El Malecón" a toothless old Dominican tries to recapture his lost dignity by "borrowing" a shiny Cadillac convertible and aiming it down the coastal highway toward his childhood village. In "The Sea Cure" two travelers in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula confront death in the form of a mysterious woman living in an abandoned beachfront apartment complex.

In all thirteen tales in Drowning Lessons, Selgin exhibits a keen eye for the forces that push people toward--and sometimes beyond--their very human limits, forces as intrinsic, elemental, and elusive as the liquid that makes up two-thirds of their bodies. These stories remind us that of all bodies of water, none is deeper or more dangerous than our own.

About the Author

Peter Selgin's recently published novel, Life Goes to the Movies, was a finalist for both the AWP Award and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. He is the author of two books on the writing craft, By Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers and 179 Ways to Save a Novel: Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers.

Table of Contents

Swimming

The Wolf House

Color of the Sea

Driving Picasso

Sawdust

Our Cups Are Bottomless

The Girl in the Story

The Sea Cure

Wednesday at the Bagel Shop

El Malecón

Boy B

The Sinking Ship Man

My Search for Red and Gray Wide-Striped Pajamas

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820338194
Author:
Selgin, Peter
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Drowning Lessons (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$20.95 Backorder
Product details 256 pages University of Georgia Press - English 9780820338194 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

       
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.