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Day Out of Days Stories (Paperback)

Author:  Sam Shepard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307277828
ISBN-13: 9780307277824
Sku: 216794072
Publish Date: 2/8/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  282
Age Range:  NA
From one of our most admired writers comes a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Shepard''s trademarks.
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From one of our most admired writers: a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard’s trademarks.

A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs on the overhead sound system. A wandering actor returns to his hometown against his better instincts and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, scoring Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana. A Minnesota family travels south for a winter vacation but, caught up in the ordinary tyrannies of family life, remains oblivious to the beauty of the Yucat√°n Peninsula. A solitary horse rancher muses on Sitting Bull and Beckett amid the jumble of stuff in his big country kitchen—from rusted spurs and Lakota dream-catchers to yellowing pictures of hawks and galloping horses to “snapshots of different sons in different shirts doing different things like fishing, riding mules and tractors; leaning up against their different mothers at radical angles.”

Made up of short narratives, lyrics, and dialogues, Day out of Days sets conversation against tale, song against memory, in a cubistic counterpoint that finally links each piece together. The result is a stunning work of vision and clarity imbued with the vivid reverberations of myth—Shepard at his flinty-eyed, unwavering best.

From the Hardcover edition.
A man returns home where a childhood friend reminds him of their drug-addled youth scoring whores in Mexico. A Midwestern family bickers and splinters on a vacation, oblivious to the beauty of the jungle surrounding them. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and acclaimed author and actor Sam Shepard explores the hidden corners of the American psyche in these short-stories, most of them located in the Southwest.
Author Bio
Sam Shepard
Born Samuel Shepard Rogers VII, Shepard attended Mount Antonio Junior College in 1960, but did not complete his undergraduate degree. Instead, he worked as a stablehand, actor, and rock musician. Shepard's plays have earned him more than 10 Obie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and a Palme d'Or. A veteran of stage and screen, he has been married to actress Jessica Lange, with whom he had two daughters.


"A table of contents listing 133...entries may tempt readers to dismiss this...collection from Shepard as a literary grab bag; they will be richly surprised by its thematic depth and coherence....[R]ather than a busman's holiday for...[Shepard], this volume offers a profound meditation on mortality, identity, eternity, blood ties, the passage of time, the essence of America, the mythos of the West and the possibilities of art." (starred review) 12/01/2009

"DAY OUT OF DAYS calls itself a work of short fiction, and sometimes it is. But it is also a fractured re-engagement with a long, examined life. These poems, dialogues, dreams, and surrealistic sojourns read like a final visitation to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's familiar obsessions: a brutal father; life on the road; the fidelity conundrum; the savage, aspiring Old West and the silent waste of the modern West; the witless, relentless beauty of the natural world; and the poisonous DNA that climbs the family tree." - Alec Solomita 01/10/2010

"Using fanciful anecdotes, lyric riffs, seemingly lifelike reminiscences and quotes from our nation's founding thinkers, [Shepard] drills down through the strata of our history into the bedrock of American myth. He sinks his wells at random, in offbeat spots, taking core samples from all over the country that often contain fossils of shared experience....His words have a flinty, mineral integrity, especially when he describes the people around him, who come off as distinctive individuals but also have an enduring archetypal feel, like the iconic figures in Whitman poems." - Walter Kirn 01/17/2010

"[W]herever he stops, Shepard beautifully records the overlooked, strange places men find themselves, both physically and emotionally." - Don Waters 01/10/2010

"Shepherd's acerbic and haunting stories and lyric yet piercing musings give voice to the longings and paradoxes of our days and nights as we try to follow the directive Shepherd's harried traveler gives himself: 'Just stay between the lines.' " (starred review) - Donna Seaman 12/01/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0282
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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