ActivAmerica - Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (Paperback)
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ActivAmerica - Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/08/2017
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Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a "mutant soccer team." Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.

Publisher: University of North Texas Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781574416947
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Writing short stories is a skill; every words has to count. Cass does that beautifully with her lyrical writing. There is a definite sports related theme in each story but you don't have to know or even enjoy sports to read them."--New York Journal of Books
"ActivAmerica blends bracing originality with an affecting, impish spirit to affectionately satirize our absurd nation. These stories dazzle with their oddball sensibility and quick wit, announcing Meagan Cass as a writer to watch."--Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and judge

"Sports run through the stories in Megan Cass's collection, but what distinguishes ActivAmerica most is a rich imagination, a quirky sense of humor, and an abiding interest in matters of the heart. It's a wonderful debut."--Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You

"Meagan Cass explores family loneliness with exquisite sympathy and an unflinching gaze."--Brian Morton, author of Florence Gordon


"Cass uses sports and athleticism to draw out her characters' true mettle. . . . These characters become human in their desire to be loved and valued, and their flawed assumption that they'll get there if only they're healthier or better at a game only makes them more endearing."--Necessary Fiction
"Throughout these original and deftly crafted tales, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results. . . . Cass exhibits a natural flair for thoroughly entertaining her readers while subtly lacing underlying messages that are both reflective and thought-provoking."--Midwest Book Review
"Cass playfully blends genre elements to explore sports and athletic activities. . . . [E]ach story's true power resides in its earnestness, perceptiveness, and essential humanity."--Mid-American Review

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