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Last Encounter with the Enemy: Stories (Paperback)
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Last Encounter with the Enemy: Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 29/04/2004
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Greg Johnson's latest collection of stories offers insights both subtle and startling into the workings of the human heart, from a child's-eye view of marital strife and a thoughtless betrayal of first love to the expansive reveries of complicated, conflicted adults looking ahead to new lives or back on past missteps and misfortunes. Johnson also delves into his literary roots with tales of imaginary encounters with Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Flannery O'Connor--who, in the title story, engages in a fierce battle of wills with a precocious eleven-year-old boy. Through it all, Johnson demonstrates his gift for describing that telling detail--a sentence, a gesture, a memory--that instantly reveals a personality, as if illuminated by lightning. Praise for I Am Dangerous: "A bravura literary performance. He rings a hundred changes on the emotional issues with which he deals, keeping them always interesting, always mysterious, changing and evolving before our eyes."--Pinckney Benedict, Chicago Tribune Book World

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801878824
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Johnson writes with... winning flair and affecting poignancy." -- Publishers Weekly, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Johnson offers keen observations on contemporary life." -- Elizabeth Ferber, New York Times, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Johnson is a gifted storyteller and interpreter of the ties that bind -- in every sense of the word." -- Cathy High, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Greg Johnson is clearly a writer to be taken seriously. He owns a keen eye for detail... is deftly ironic and highly literate." -- Chris Tucker, Dallas Morning News, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"His best fiction gets under your skin, with ordinary situations that quickly slip into the uncanny, and low-voiced prose that packs quite an emotional punch." -- Diane Roberts, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"Johnson's prose is polished, penetrating, understated... [He is] an expert navigator of the human heart in all its vagaries." -- Michael Upchurch, San Francisco Chronicle, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Johnson is a storyteller of extraordinary gifts, not least of all an athlete's grace in making difficult tasks appear effortless." -- Bernard Welt, Washington Post Book World, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Greg Johnson writes with uncommon clarity and beauty about the many faces of love and the price of living honestly and flat-out." -- Anne Rivers Siddons, New York Times Book Review, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Johnson [is] among the best of his contemporaries. His masterful development of character and richness and preciseness of description bespeaks art and not artifice." -- Library Journal, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"He rings a hundred changes on the emotional issues with which he deals, keeping them always interesting, always mysterious, changing and evolving before our eyes." -- Pinckney Benedict, Chicago Tribune Book World, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Johnson's resonant short stories represent regional writing in the best sense of the term: The unique atmosphere and sensibilities of the author's native South color his prose, imbuing it with a special vitality." -- Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, reviewing a previous edition or volume


"Greg Johnson has the gift of transportation. Readers of Last Encounter with the Enemy will find themselves transported in time, place, and character... Though sometimes heartbreaking, each story in this collection is truly gratifying to read and experience. Last Encounter with the Enemy is a true pleasure trip." -- Amy Miller, Anniston Star

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