Ice Age (Paperback)
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Ice Age (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/10/2009
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Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, this challenging, eclectic debut collection of 10 stories turns the world as we know it inside out. Highly inventive and sometimes downright audacious, the stories range in setting from New York City and L.A. to Barcelona, featuring recognizable characters in twisted and absurd situations as well as real-life personalities like Norman Mailer, Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Bernstein caught in surreal time warps. Closest to a traditional, O'Connoresque story is ""Dead and the Maid,"" in which a white-trash Texas woman holds on to the last of her land by accepting $300 per body from the state to bury vagrants and prisoners. Engaging in a long one-sided conversation with a Mrs. Buxton, her first state-executed guest: ""She apologized for taking up the better part of the day getting Mrs. Buxton 'settled in' and particularly for the three-hour wait in the tractor shedAher pastor was undergoing therapy for pedophilia."" In a beautifully executed dramatic monologue, ""The Name of the Dead,"" the widow of a disgraced mobster talks to a bartender about the past, evidently still longing to be the insider she once was. The language throughout is lush and poetic: ""They drove off in their squat, armadillo-faced trucks, leaving the stripes of their desertion in the sand,"" and ""Where she stepped down off of the pine porch, there was only the red earth and its spitefulness nettled the bottoms of her bare feet."" Some of the longer stories are less accessible, and their plots even more bizarre, but Anderson's sophisticated manipulation of language and narrative leave the reader breathless, if occasionally slightly confused

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820335148
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Try to imagine a writer with equal parts Will Self, Jorge Luis Borges, and Samuel Beckett. Impossible? True. But Anderson comes close with his absurd situations rendered through biting satire and each story inhabiting a surreal landscape . . . It's a high-wire act that doesn't always succeed in the ten stories of this Flannery O'Connor Award winner, but when it does, it's just splendid." -Booklist

This challenging, eclectic debut collection of short stories turns the world as we know it inside out. Highly inventive . . . Anderson's sophisticated manipulation of language and narrative leave the reader breathless.--"Publishers Weekly"


Dreams, fantasies, eccentric characters, and bizarre situations figure large in Anderson's debut collection . . . What distinguishes Anderson's flawless writings is his ability to get inside his characters, to know their minds and dilemmas. On a scale of one to ten, "Ice Age" rates a 12.--"Library Journal"


Finding a story collection like "Ice Age" was like rounding a corner in a museum and coming upon a roomful of Edward Hoppers. I was filled with a delightfully alternating current of strangeness and familiarity, and knew I was in the hands of an artist whose intelligence and yes, deftness, thrilled me. . . . [An] exceptional debut.--Edward Neuert ""Salon" "


Outrageous, sly, and bizarrely funny.--"Kirkus Reviews"


Try to imagine a writer with equal parts Will Self, Jorge Luis Borges, and Samuel Beckett. Impossible? True. But Anderson comes close with his absurd situations rendered through biting satire and each story inhabiting a surreal landscape . . . It's a high-wire act that doesn't always succeed in the ten stories of this Flannery O'Connor Award winner, but when it does, it's just splendid.--"Booklist"


This challenging, eclectic debut collection of short stories turns the world as we know it inside out. Highly inventive . . . Anderson's sophisticated manipulation of language and narrative leave the reader breathless.

--Publishers Weekly

Dreams, fantasies, eccentric characters, and bizarre situations figure large in Anderson's debut collection . . . What distinguishes Anderson's flawless writings is his ability to get inside his characters, to know their minds and dilemmas. On a scale of one to ten, Ice Age rates a 12.

--Library Journal

Finding a story collection like Ice Age was like rounding a corner in a museum and coming upon a roomful of Edward Hoppers. I was filled with a delightfully alternating current of strangeness and familiarity, and knew I was in the hands of an artist whose intelligence and yes, deftness, thrilled me. . . . [An] exceptional debut.

--Edward Neuert "Salon "

Outrageous, sly, and bizarrely funny.

--Kirkus Reviews

Try to imagine a writer with equal parts Will Self, Jorge Luis Borges, and Samuel Beckett. Impossible? True. But Anderson comes close with his absurd situations rendered through biting satire and each story inhabiting a surreal landscape . . . It's a high-wire act that doesn't always succeed in the ten stories of this Flannery O'Connor Award winner, but when it does, it's just splendid.

--Booklist

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