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Faulty Preditcions - The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Hardback)
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Faulty Preditcions - The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/08/2014
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In Karin Lin-Greenberg's Faulty Predictions, young characters try to find their way in the world and older characters confront regrets. In "Editorial Decisions," members of the editorial board of a high school literary magazine are witnesses to an unspeakable act of violence. Two grandmothers, both immigrants from China, argue over the value of their treasures at a filming of Antiques Roadshow in "Prized Possessions." In "A Good Brother," a sister forces her brother to accompany her to the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement. A city bus driver adopts a pig that has been brought onto the bus by rowdy college students in "Designated Driver."

The stories in Faulty Predictions take place in locales as diverse as small-town Ohio, the mountains of western North Carolina, and the plains of Kansas. Lin-Greenberg provides insight into the human condition over a varied cross section of geography, age, and culture. Although the characters are often faced with obstacles and challenges, the stories also capture moments of optimism and hope.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820346861
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


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Faulty Predictions is, as the name suggests, about all of the ways we expect more or less than we should from other people--parents, friends, lovers--as well as ourselves. The people who inhabit these stories are complicated, struggling, and often hilarious. Karin Lin-Greenberg offers everything I come to fiction hoping for--engaging narrators, precise observation, surprise, and finally compassion for the ways in which we are, all of us, flawed. Readers, you are in for a treat.--Lori Ostlund "author of The Bigness of the World "
This collection of ten short stories announces the arrival of a talented young writer with a distinctive narrative voice. . . . She is a gifted storyteller. . . . Unlike so many story collections today, which tend to the dark and cryptic, Faulty Predictions pulses with a bemused energy. . . . In these ten stories, Lin-Greenberg displays impressive insight into human nature and empathy for regular people trying to make sense of their lives and circumstances. She also possesses a nicely dry wit and a gift for realistic dialogue that pops off the page. Remember her name; she is a young writer worth watching.--Bill Wolfe "Read Her Like an Open Book "
Some of the stories in Faulty Predictions have appeared previously in excellent literary journals, and it's easy to see why: they range, colorfully and empathically, across a number of worlds and human predicaments. Appealingly, the voices narrating them, whatever the point of view, share a winning, gentle, clear gravity. These are stories you can easily enter and dwell in, but which not only shy away from the difficult - they head straight for it. . . . Faulty Predictions is a delightful debut, worth finding and savoring.--Joan Frank "Antioch Review "

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