Day Out of Days : Stories (Paperback)

Author: Shepard, Sam

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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.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307277824
SKU 216794072
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307277828
Release Date 2/8/2011
Author Info
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)
"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."
"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."
"[W]herever he stops, Shepard beautifully records the overlooked, strange places men find themselves, both physically and emotionally."
"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)
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0282
Publisher Vintage Books USA

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