Compression Scars (Paperback)Kellie Wells (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 285 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
By turns achingly poignant and downright hilarious, rendered in prose as supple and surprising as it is consistently brilliant, these stories take us into a world of angels and grotesques, of grace notes and grave truths, of the lost and, finally, the found.--Ellen Akins "author of "World Like a Knife" "
Distinguished by a compressive force born from invention and intensity rather than economy, Wells's aptly titled "Compression Scars" is a memorable debut. The writing is consistently fresh and often beautiful, though for Wells beauty is a by-product. The primary function of her language is incantation--necessary to effect the alchemical transformations that inform each story.--Stuart Dybek "author of "The Coast of Chicago" "
Slyly comic yet deeply felt, Wells's marvelous fiction embraces the sacred weirdness of the everyday life. These are magical stories, in every sense of the word, by a writer with a conjurer's feel for the hidden compartments, death-defying escapes, and lighter-than-air levitations of language.--Peter Ho Davies "author of "Equal Love" "
With a brilliant and imaginative cast of eccentric characters, Wells invites us into a world where 'things can get strange fast.'--"Colorado Review"
The people in these stories are vulnerable, eccentric outsiders attempting to find their way in a world that puzzles and dazzles them. Wells adeptly portrays both their vulnerability and their fortitude. Her strong, unaffected prose contrasts sharply with the surreal quality of many of the stories. This collection introduces a writer of startling imagination and great promise.--"Library Journal"
[A] debut collection of luminous short stories that reflect both the fragility and flexibility of the human spirit . . . Sometimes dark, frequently droll, by turns heartbreaking and humorous, Wells' phantasmal stories shimmer with a dreamlike vibrancy that continues to haunt long after the last word has been read.--"Booklist"
Even in a crowded field, it is a rare pleasure to come across a prose stylist like Kellie Wells, whose intellect and language bid one another beautifully to a dance. Here is a thrilling debut from a writer so agile and subtle in her terms that, like Walter Abish and Kathryn Davis, she dares to be at play in the most unsettling questions of her day. Surely when the present generation of writers shakes down to its unique and irreplaceable voices, Kellie Wells will be one of them.--Jaimy Gordon "author of "She Drove Without Stopping" "
Beautiful pain-streaked stories.--"Third Coast"
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