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Title Best worst American : stories / Juan Martinez.
Author Martinez, Juan, 1974- author.
Publication Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, 2017.
Description 198 pages ; 22 cm
Call # FIC MARTINEZ
Summary "Praise for Juan Martinez: "A little out of the ordinary.... He takes this very unnatural environment and changes it into a landscape."-Hannah Tinti "I loved it."- Etgar Keret These are the best Americans, the worst Americans. In these stories (these cities, these people) there are labyrinths, rivers, wildernesses. Voices sound slightly different than ex-pected. There's humor, but it's going to hurt. In "On Paradise," a petshop manager flies with his cat to Las Vegas to meet his long-lost mother and grandmother, only to find that the women look exactly like they did forty years before. In "The Spooky Japanese Girl is There For You," the spooky Japanese girl (a ghost) is there for you, then she is not. These refreshing and invigorating stories of displacement, exile, and identity, of men who find themselves confused by the pres-ence or absence of extraordinary women, jump up, demand to be read, and send the reader back to the earth changed: reminded from these short stories how big the world is. Juan Martinez was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago with his wife, the writer Sarah Kokernot, and their son and two cats. He's an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work and has appeared in Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, Ecotone, Huizache, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, the Cossack Review, the Santa Monica Review, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, Norton's Sudden Fiction Latino, and elsewhere"-- Provided by publisher.
"These are the best Americans, the worst Americans. In these stories (these cities, these people) there are labyrinths, rivers, wildernesses. Voices sound slightly different than expected. There's humor, but it's going to hurt"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Roadblock -- Strangers on Vacation: Snapshots -- Machulán In L.A. -- On Paradise -- Domokun in Fremont -- The Women Who Talk To Themselves -- Customer Service at the Karaoke Don Quixote -- Your Significant Other's Kitten Poster -- Well Tended -- Souvenirs from Ganymede -- The Coca-Cola Executive in the Zapatoca Outhouse -- Correspondences between the Lower World and Old Men in Pinstripe Suits -- The Lead Singer Is Distracting Me -- Errands -- Liner Notes for Renegade, the Opening Sequence -- Hobbledehoydom -- My Sister's Knees -- The Spooky Japanese Girl Is There For You -- Big Wheel, Boiling Hot -- After the End of the World: A Capsule Review -- Debtor -- Forsaken, the Crew Awaited News from the People Below -- Northern -- Best Worst American.
Subject Americans -- Fiction.
National characteristics, American -- Fiction.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Americans. (OCoLC)fst00807488
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
National characteristics, American. (OCoLC)fst01033342
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1900-1999
Genre Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726589
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Addl. Title Short stories. Selections
Related To Online version: Martinez, Juan, 1974- author. Best worst American Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, 2017 9781618731258 (DLC) 2016047377
ISBN 9781618731241 (paperback)
1618731246 (paperback)

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 Central 1st Fl - Lit Shrt Sto  FIC MARTINEZ    CHECK SHELVES  (SHORT STORIES)
 Dekalb Fic  FIC MARTINEZ    CHECK SHELVES  (SHORT STORIES)
 Macon Shrt Sto  FIC MARTINEZ    CHECK SHELVES  (SHORT STORIES)