The People I Know: Stories

The People I Know: StoriesThe People I Know Is A Collection Of Nine Stories, Told By Characters Who Hover At The Edge Of Life Whether It S Lorne, Perched On A Sofa As A Wedding Party Swirls Around Him, Or The Elderly Mrs R Of Morning At The Beach, Imagining A Career In Crime As She Sits On The Front Porch Of A Miami Hotel, These Are People Oddly Accustomed To The Sidelines Of Their WorldsNancy Zafris S Characters Do Not So Much Hurdle Their Barriers As Contemplate Them With Varying Degrees Of Humor, Regret, And Fanciful Expectation Gazing Out Of His Window At A Horizon Of Crushed Cars, Bonner Junior Fantasizes About Working At An IM Pei Office Building Instead Of At John Bonner And Son Metal Shredders At The Same Time, His Job Allows Him To Amuse His Friends With Grisly, Embellished Stories Of Human Shreddings And Wild Dogs In Meeting In Tokyo, A Businessman Examines His Own Attraction And Aversion To Conformity After Taking A Young Secretary To A Love Hotel For Wendy, Born With A Strong Nose And A Baltic Name, Cosmetic Surgery Has Brought Acceptance But Also Boredom Suffering Little Deaths Of Feeling With Each Success, She Flirts With Disaster, With Anything That Will Make Her Heartbeat Go Up To Or Grace, In Grace S Reply, Prefers To Deal With Reality Through Illusion She Blames Her Son S Death On A Navy Intelligence Operation And Sends Pampers To An Imaginary GrandsonRanging From The Kiddie Bleachers Of Television S Uncle Sylvester Show To The Upholstered Seats Of A Tokyo Coffee Shop, From A Navy Recruitment Office To A Meeting Of Alcoholics Anonymous, These Stories Enliven The Common Places Of Our World Sad, Yet Rarely Defeated, Nancy Zafris S Characters Toe The Line And Sometimes Manage To Cross It

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • The People I Know: Stories
  • Nancy Zafris
  • English
  • 25 July 2018
  • 9780820311920

10 thoughts on “The People I Know: Stories

  1. says:

    Nancy Zafris, the series editor of The Flannery O Connor Award for Short Fiction, and previous fiction editor for the Kenyan Review was in Anchorage in early April as a guest of 49 Writers She taught a workshop, and did a QA along with Frank Soos, one of our hometeam Alaska short story writers, and a previous winner of the Flannery O Connor Award for Short Fiction I attended the QA and bought a copy of her 2009 published short story collection The People I Know.I m a big fan of short stories Some of my favorites, which are timeless, in my opinion, and which I never tire of re reading include Nabokov, Munro, Maugham, Maupassant, Wharton, O Connor, Carver, Chekov, Cather, Asimov, Hemmingway, Faulkner, Bradbury, O.Henry, and Poe to name the ones that come to mind Frank and Nancy discussed the question of is there a future for short stories Huh, there sure is in my reading life They are an exquisite form of literature Gemstones of brevity and depth polished to perfection.The nine stories that make up Nancy s collection are about diverse people on the fringe of what we now refer to as neurotypical Nancy has a deft hand in creating characters irregardless of age, gender or nationality I was engaged with these stories in a way that made me eager each night to pick up and continue the read, even though many of the stories were about rather sad or broken people Revealing dialogue and excellent character development I would purchase and read another collection of short stories by Nancy Zafris.

  2. says:

    A wonderful collection of short stories that finds humor in surprisingly sad places The characters quickly worm their way into your head and the stories give you enough of their lives to hold onto long after they end.

  3. says:

    flannery o connor award for short fiction

  4. says:

    Amazing stories from a modern master The diversity of characters is astounding A must read for anyone interested in the short story.

  5. says:

    The author s voice is sure and poignant, funny and wise Fabulous stories by a gifted writer.

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