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The Spot Stories (Paperback)

Author:  David Means
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0865478511
ISBN-13: 9780865478510
Sku: 218662889
Publish Date: 6/21/2011
Pages:  164
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*Author: Means, David *Subtitle: Stories *Publication Date: 2011/06/21 *Number of Pages: 164 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery. ||The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an end.

The Spot is at the bottom of Niagara Falls, where the body of a young girl floats as if caught in the currents of her own tragic story. ||The Spot is in the ear of a Manhattan madman plagued by a noisy upstairs neighbor . ||The Spot is a suburban hospital room in which a young father confronts his son’s potentially devastating diagnosis. ||The Spot is a dusty encampment in Nebraska where a gang of inept radicals plot a revolution.

The Spot draws thirteen new stories together into a masterful collection that shows David Means at his finest: at once comically detached and wrenchingly affecting, expansive and concise, wildly inventive and firmly rooted in tradition. Means’s work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O’Connor (London Review of Books), Alice Munro, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac (Newsday), Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson (Chicago Tribune/NPR), Denis Johnson (Entertainment Weekly), Poe, Chekhov, and Carver (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), but the spot he has staked out in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.

Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.


"There's not an off note to be found in Means's prose, and he proves to be remarkably adept at locating the sublime in the unseemly." (starred review) 04/19/2010

"[P]owerful....David Means is a radical among radicals....Typically his stories contain only one event....Rather than moving in linear time, the narration pirouettes again and again around that one point. Reading his work, we feel that whatever has occurred cannot be undone or bargained away; it can only be magnified, interpreted, expostulated upon." - Jess Row 06/13/2010

"A virtuosic short-story collection....The stories by Means defy categorization....[T]hey are dense with detail, character and theme, and they connect in some surprising ways that aren't immediately apparent." (starred review) 05/15/2010

"Means give us a looping narrative, or a series of overlapping storylines, at the center of which is a gaping emptiness. It's too matter-of-fact to be despair. Hope, when it exists at all, is an illusion, a bit of wish fulfillment or maybe just a trick of the light." - David L. Ulin 07/23/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0164
Product attributePublisher:   Faber & Faber
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