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Throughout this collection, which was plucked from a pile of 300 manuscripts and awarded the Grace Paley Prize in short fiction, Caspers details the many ways reality can interfere with our dreams. Not surprisingly, dissatisfaction becomes a dominant theme.... Many of Caspers's stories are set in Minnesota's cattle and dairy country, and all of them traffic in the kind of Midwestern realism that doesn't rely on pyrotechnics to generate dramatic heat. Throughout, Caspers's people -- it's difficult to consider some of them mere characters -- question the decisions they've made or the ones they refuse to make. There's nothing flashy about Caspers's prose; like the beauty of the prairie itself, its attraction lies in details seen up close.(New York Times Book Review)
From the Back Cover: "In the story 'Vegetative States' one of the characters says, 'I stand at my Auntie Jenny's hospital bed and watch her breathe. That's all she has to do-makes living look easy.' The quiet, honest stories in Heavier Than Air make writing look easy. Like the ideal Midwesterners of the imagination, the stories are powerful and true without ever drawing undo attention to themselves. To read them is to be lulled into deceptively simple narratives only to have your heart broken in the end. The collection is full of characters poised between themselves and the other, caught in moments that reveal the bare essence of what they-and we-have been looking for all along. Simply beautiful."--Anna Menendez, author of "When I Was in Cuba I Was a German Shepherd and Loving Che"
"Nona Caspers' Heavier Than Air is that rare book of short stories that seems larger and more expansive than the form. In it she captures whole worlds at the moment of rupture: farm girls and fathers in love with the wrong people; lives lost to AIDS; men driven to insanity by the pressures of the economy; women straying from religion into madness-people on farms and in big cities alike finding their lives entirely changed. And in that turmoil is Nona Caspers' steady, unfailing eye and ear, capturing what we need to hold to."--Maxine Chernoff, author of "Some of Her Friends That Year and Signs of Devotion" "These stories are beautiful and devastating and relentless. The quality and originality of language and wide range of subject matter are maintained throughout. What seems at first like quiet Midwestern 'domestic fiction' gradually and inevitably moves into extreme emotional and mental territory as a result of love and desire."--Wendy Brenner, author of "Large Animals in Everyday Life and Phone Calls from the Dead"
"Few writers stare down the perils of love, in all its myriad forms, as honestly and with as much intensity as Nona Caspers. The stories in Heavier Than Air are classic, beautiful, and so achingly felt that you will feel as though you've lived them yourself."--Peter Orner, author of "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo"
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Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 1558495568 1st edition, 1st printing, University of Massachusetts Press hardcover w/ DJ, 2006. Book is Fine, w/ clean text, binding so tight it seems to have never been read. DJ is Near Fine, w/ very light edge/shelf wear (no tears or chips). Free delivery confirmation. Codice libro della libreria SKU1018804
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G1558495568I3N10
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Excellent condition with minimal visible wear. Codice libro della libreria G1558495568I2N00
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Codice libro della libreria G1558495568I4N00
Descrizione libro Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. 1st printing of 1st edition.. Winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction Fine trade hard cover book in fine dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 656475
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. With this debut collection, Caspers won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, awarded each year by the Association of Writing and Writers Programs. Codice libro della libreria 7030
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition.... First edition, first printing. Hardbound. Fine/fine. Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. Smoke free shop. 0.0. Codice libro della libreria LW-169
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Acceptable. Book Condition: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria 97815584955625.0
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Pr, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P021558495568
Descrizione libro University of Massachusetts Pr, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P011558495568