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From loss, illness, and addiction to spooky offspring, dry skin, and inexplicable hope, this collection of �pretty” stories demonstrates how decidedly average people can be mortified—if not devastated—by new circumstances. A middle-aged, HIV-positive gay man, deformed by the side effects of protease inhibitors, is savaged by the flippant small talk of canny young men. A fuFrom loss, illness, and addiction to spooky offspring, dry skin, and inexplicable hope, this collection of �pretty” stories demonstrates how decidedly average people can be mortified—if not devastated—by new circumstances. A middle-aged, HIV-positive gay man, deformed by the side effects of protease inhibitors, is savaged by the flippant small talk of canny young men. A fundamentalist Christian housewife thrills from her newfound carnality, only to be saddled with the homeschooling of her four special-needs children. A washed-up but content pop star is pursued by a pair of shrill documentary filmmakers intent on turning the woman’s life into arty tragedy, even if it kills them all. Mordant, brash, hysterically funny yet always compassionate, these stories give voice to characters moved to speak in spite of themselves....

Title : Pretty: Stories
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ISBN : 9781550962208
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 152 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Pretty: Stories Reviews

  • Cynara
    2018-08-02 03:26

    This book was one of my favourites of 2011. Knock-out characters and scenes so strange and hilarious I couldn't help but read them out loud to my partner and whoever else would listen (there is one scene involving a coked-out real estate agent in a car accident that actually made me shriek out loud). Kearney's characters are all misfits, damaged, declining or lost in one way or another but the author handles them with wit and tenderness. His writing style is fast and fresh, and aggressively contemporary. Kearney might be the Canadian answer to George Saunders. This collection had me flashing back to Saunders' CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, which I think might actually be one of the most memorable and startling story collections of its generation.

  • Katherine Pederson
    2018-07-18 07:41

    I found the people in the stories to be mean, which overshadowed my reading experience.

  • George Ilsley
    2018-07-19 04:22

    One of the longer pieces, Cloris for a Day, was my favourite here. Most of the shorter pieces reminded me of Saturday Night Live skits -- there is the set-up of some inherently ridiculous situation, one or two jokes for pay-off, little or no development, and then an ending which just fizzles out.To summarize the positives: An incisive wit, and a feeling for parody. Unfortunately little development, and thus little engagement with the reader. At least this reader.

  • Greg Kearney
    2018-07-23 07:30