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A Stranger in This World by Kevin Canty

A Stranger in This World marks the debut of a powerful new talent. With a voice akin to those of Denis Johnson and Richard Ford, westerner Kevin Canty is a versatile and intelligent writer whose stories both shock and transfix. In this extraordinary collection, he portrays - with frightening calm - the unpredictable darkness of everyday life. Canty describes territory we all know well, but with a twist; his characters live on the verge of the unthinkable. Each voice rings unforgettably true: in Pretty Judy, a young boy is caught in an obsessive sexual relationship with a mentally retarded neighbor; in The Victim, a telephone sales operators chance encounter with a deranged drunken driver leads her and her boyfriend to unimaginable actions. From the misadventures of an alcoholic plant worker trying to go straight (Junk) to a stoned suburban lifeguard whose fantasies about a Mrs. Robinson-like older woman almost result in tragedy (Blue Boy), in this gripping and original collection Canty invites the reader into an uncharted world of risk-taking and danger. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, these stories explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is, between - as the narrator of The King of the Elephants sees it - a horizon full of Western stars, cold and distinct, and this mottled, milky Southern sky.--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author: Kevin Canty

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 180

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1994-07-01

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ISBN: 0385473877

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