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Author and journalist Nancy Rommelmann is known for her unflinching documentarian gaze, usually focused on subjects like serial killers, Munchausen moms, con-men and homeless teens. But the stories in Transportation have an elevated, untethered quality — they are transported, and transporting. At times the storytelling surges toward sci-fi, and at others, toward an unadorned magical realism­­­­. The first story in the collection, "The White Coyote," is an intense study of shame that takes place in a grade school gymnasium. The title story, "Transportation," documents the metaphysical journey of two grieving parents who must literally circumnavigate the globe, on separate paths, in order to heal.

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"Nancy Rommelmann's startling stories are as compelling as they are unsettling. The worlds she creates are recognizable but also completely and wonderfully unfamiliar. She writes close to the body, and we are made to feel each uncanny detail. Transportation is a fascinating, fierce, and original collection of stories." Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

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"I inhaled this book in one sitting, thoroughly hypnotized. Rommelmann has the uncanny ability to tease out the nightmarish moments of everyday life in stories that are audacious, darkly hilarious, surprisingly tender and HDTV sharp. Fiction doesn't get any better than this." Karen Karbo, author of How Georgia Became O'Keeffe

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"Somewhere between gritty and your mother's kiss on your forehead lies Transportation, Rommelmann's startling new collection. Each story crackles with violence, folding over into realms of otherworldliness, where the reader dare not look away. As the voice in the title story claims, 'There is only one escape and that is to brush away the sentimental cobwebs, get them out of your eyes quickly,' which Rommelmann does with razor-sharp precision." Deborah Reed, author of Carry Yourself Back to Me

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Anne Hendren, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Anne Hendren)
Nancy Rommelmann’s “Transportation stories” is one of those rare collections of exquisite prose allegories reminiscent of eighteenth century Spenser and Pope poetry whose multilayered text bounces among multiple meanings. Rommelmann’s book is the semiotic marvel of this year, having buried her meaning, deep in the nuances of humanity��"hers, yours and mine. My take on “The White Coyote”--women are always wrong in cases of rape--or it could be terrorizing children--or getting even with childhood enemies. While our female protagonist lies prostrate, pushed down by the coyote, the trainer and principal laugh at the curious animal’s behavior, who “sits quietly, stroking his penis, his eyes half closed, his mouth poised between a sneer and ecstasy….” Or find the boy, in “Tom Moore” bullied by a boy much larger than he trying to understand name-calling. After spending an hour in a sewer pipe, having his bike stolen and soiling himself young Tom plaintively asks his father “Doesn’t it bother you that he called you a faggot?” Are we in the realm of prejudice, mind the bully is obese��"he lives in his own prejudicial world��"and parent-child intergenerational miscues. Each of Rommelmann’s stories transports the reader to a different layer of meaning. Get the book to discover which level of hell this Beatrix Rommelmann will take you on her voyage through modern misery.
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ISBN:
9781937965099
Author:
Rommelmann, Nancy
Publisher:
Dymaxicon
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20121031
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Dymaxicon - English 9781937965099 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nancy Rommelmann's startling stories are as compelling as they are unsettling. The worlds she creates are recognizable but also completely and wonderfully unfamiliar. She writes close to the body, and we are made to feel each uncanny detail. Transportation is a fascinating, fierce, and original collection of stories."
"Review" by , "I inhaled this book in one sitting, thoroughly hypnotized. Rommelmann has the uncanny ability to tease out the nightmarish moments of everyday life in stories that are audacious, darkly hilarious, surprisingly tender and HDTV sharp. Fiction doesn't get any better than this."
"Review" by , "Somewhere between gritty and your mother's kiss on your forehead lies Transportation, Rommelmann's startling new collection. Each story crackles with violence, folding over into realms of otherworldliness, where the reader dare not look away. As the voice in the title story claims, 'There is only one escape and that is to brush away the sentimental cobwebs, get them out of your eyes quickly,' which Rommelmann does with razor-sharp precision."
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