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Bright Shards of Someplace Else - The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Hardback)
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Bright Shards of Someplace Else - The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/08/2014
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In the eleven kaleidoscopic stories that make up Bright Shards of Someplace Else, Monica McFawn traces the combustive, hilarious, and profound effects that occur when people misread the minds of others. The characters-an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse trainers, and poets-often try to pin down another's point of view, only to find that their own worldview is far from fixed.

The characters in McFawn's stories long for and fear the encroachment of others. A young boy reduces his nanny's phone bill with a call, then convinces her he can solve her other problems. A man who works at a butterfly-release business becomes dangerously obsessed with solving a famous mathematical proof. A poetry professor finds himself entangled in the investigation of a murdered student. In the final story, an aging lyricist reconnects with a renowned singer to write an album in the Appalachian Mountains, only to be interrupted by the appearance of his drug-addicted son and a mythical story of recovery.

By turns exuberant and philosophically adroit, Bright Shards of Someplace Else reminds us of both the limits of empathy and its absolute necessity. Our misreadings of others may be unavoidable, but they themselves can be things of beauty, charm, and connection.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820346878
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


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Bright Shards of Someplace Else is Monica McFawn's first collection of short stories, and it's already won this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Perhaps it was her idiosyncratic voice, or her flair for distinctive characters that the judges recognized. Or maybe it was her empathetic power. Either way, McFawn has talent. In these eleven stories she manages to range from fantastic to satiric to poignant.--Jane Ciabattari "NPR Books "
What a strange and wondrous band of misfits, isolatos, geniuses, and obsessives of every stripe populates Monica McFawn's Bright Shards of Someplace Else. Her specializing in such types and their crazy experiments tells us that McFawn is a romantic, not of the love and nature type but of the Mary Shelley and Frankenstein type. Her protagonists choose trouble, even bad trouble, every time, because the alternative--which they see only too clearly--is the yawn of nothing at the far edge of the possible.--Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award Winner "Lord of Misrule "

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