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This is Not the Tropics: Stories - Library of American Fiction (Paperback)
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This is Not the Tropics: Stories - Library of American Fiction (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 07/03/2012
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The stories collected in This Is Not the Tropics come from the geographic centre of a divided nation, and its protagonists evoke a split personality--one half submerged in America's own diehard mythology, the other half searching to escape tradition. Together they form a portrait of the Plains that is both quirky and poignant. While the themes in this collection are familiar--love and betrayal, loneliness and regret, the needs of the individual versus the needs of the community--the tales themselves are startling and new. Whether it is the story of an eccentric out-of-work accordion player; a woman ending a long marriage against the backdrop of a visit from her failing mother; a young girl who wishes to solve a mystery until real mystery enters her life; or all of the men in a small Nebraska town who annually compete in a hilariously earnest beauty pageant, these are tales that speak of the lives lived in the small towns, the prairie cities, and on the dirt roads off blue highways in the middle of nowhere and everywhere.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299215149
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 216 x 127 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right."--"Booklist"


"Ladette Randolph's stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful."--Meghan Daum, author of "Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House"


"Ladette Randolph's stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O'Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There's a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are."--Dan Chaon, author of "Await Your Reply"


"An accomplished, engaging debut collection that displays an impressive range. These are wise, heartfelt, and graceful stories."--Marly Swick, author of "Evening News"


Ladette Randolph s stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There s a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are. Dan Chaon, author of "Await Your Reply""


Ladette Randolph s stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful. Meghan Daum, author of "Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House""


From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right. "Booklist""


Ladette Randolph s stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There s a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are. Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

"

Ladette Randolph s stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful. Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

"

From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right. Booklist

"

-Ladette Randolph's stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O'Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There's a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are.---Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply


-Ladette Randolph's stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful.---Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House


-From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right.---Booklist


"Ladette Randolph's stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O'Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There's a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are."--Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply


"Ladette Randolph's stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful."--Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House


"From the wife who discovers her husband has a gay lover to the accordion player in a polka band, Randolph gets each and every character just right."--Booklist

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