Borrowed Hearts by Rick DeMarinis
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Borrowed Hearts
By Rick DeMarinis

Borrowed Hearts

New and Selected Stories

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Borrowed Hearts by Rick DeMarinis

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Invoking comparisons with Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Conner, Rick DeMarinis is considered by many to be one of America's finest exponents of the short story. A consumate craftsmen whose multi-layered tales are dark, sardonic, and often hilarious, his characters dazzle the reader with their manic optimism despite depression, boredom, illness and the usual postmodern afflictions of alcohol, drugs and TV...the equal of Pynchon, Dellilo and Calvino' - William Kettredge'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781888363982
ISBN-10: 1888363983
Format: Hardback
(1mm x 1mm x 30mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 10-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Apocalypse Then by Rick DeMarinis Apocalypse Then, Hardback (January 2004)

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US Kirkus Review » A whopping gathering of thirty-two abrasive and colorful stories: twenty-one drawn from DeMarinis's three earlier collections, along with eleven previously uncollected tales. DeMarinis (The Mortician 's Apprentice, 1994, etc.), is one of our most underrated writers: a master of aslant character portrayal whose impressively zany fictions feature teenagers maturing (usually in the 1940s) into worlds distorted by adult lust or hypocrisy ("Safe Forever," "Experience"); loners and grifters who reshape their worlds to accommodate their often unspeakable appetites ("Under the Wheat," "Medicine Man"); and exhausted Everymen whose mundane disillusionments metastasize alarmingly into comic-horrible crises (the computer executive of "Disneyland," drawn helplessly into the absurd orbits of his clinically depressed wife, suicidal son, and the latter's airheaded girlfriend, is a classic example). Here and there, we catch echoes of T.C. Boyle ("Life Between Meals") or Stanley Elkin ("An Airman's Goodbye"). Then again, who but DeMarinis could concoct such beguiling horrors as a serial killer in a pawnshop "trying to trade a necklace made of human kneecaps for a machete" or a toddler traumatized by science-fiction movies who "mutilated his new teddy bear with a steak knife"? There are few stories here that don't raise the pulse rate. Noteworthy among the newer are a complex, funky threnody on the physical sensations of aging ("Borrowed Hearts"); the understandably irritable confessions of a gun moll's eternally uprooted ten-year-old ("On the Lam"); and a beautifully developed (perhaps autobiographical) episodic story about surviving childhood within a chaotically fragmented family ("The Boys We Were, The Men We Became"). Comic surrealism fashioned with rowdy wit and apparently inexhaustible creative energy. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Rick DeMarinis

RICK DEMARINIS is the author of several novels and collections of short fiction. His stories have appeared in Harper's, Antaeus, Story, Epoch, and many others. In 1990 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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