By (author) Bret Anthony Johnston
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Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnston
Book DescriptionFrom an acclaimed and award-winning young writer comes an intensely moving debut collection set in the eye of life s storms. In Corpus Christi, Texas a town often hit by hurricanes parents, children, and lovers come together and fall apart, bonded and battered by memories of loss that they feel as acutely as physical pain. A car accident joins strangers linked by an intimate knowledge of madness. A teenage boy remembers his father s act of sudden and self-righteous violence. A hurricane party reunites a couple whom tragedy parted. And, in an unforgettable three-story cycle, an illness sets in profound relief a man s relationship with his mother and the odd, shifting fidelity of truth to love. Told in fresh, lyrical voices and taut, inventive styles, these narratives explore the complex volatility of love and intimacy, sorrow and renewal and expose how often these experiences feel like the opposite of themselves. From the woman whose young son s uncanny rapport with snakes illuminates her own missed opportunities to the man confronting his wife and her lover in a house full of illegal exotic birds, all the characters here face moments of profound decision and recognition in which no choice is clearly or completely right. Writing with tough humor, deep humanity, and a keen eye for the natural environment, Bret Anthony Johnston creates a world where where cataclysmic events cut people loose from their regular lives, floating and spiraling away from where we had been the day before. Corpus Christi is a extraordinarily ambitious debut. It marks the arrival of an important, exquisitely talented voice to American fiction. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780812971873
Paperback / softback
(201mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bret Anthony Johnston
Solemn Pleasure, Paperback / softback (May 2015)
Reflections on a literary life pulled in two directions: from war zone journalism to the writing and teaching of fiction.
Corpus Christi, Paperback (February 2015)
SHORT STORIES FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS ('excellent' The Sunday Times - 'beautiful' Observer) An intensely moving collection set in the eye of life's storms.
Remember Me Like This, Paperback (February 2015)
NYT NOTABLE BOOK - OBSERVER BEST HOLIDAY READS - BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME A powerful and affecting novel of a family which has moved readers everywhere.
Naming the World, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Bret Anthony Johnston
Johnston, the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University, presents an interactive writing book with 65 contributions from such acclaimed authors and teachers as Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tom Robbins. Includes 300 quick springboards for warm-ups and practice.
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Author Biography - Bret Anthony Johnston
BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON has been featured in "The Paris Review" and "Open City," as well as many anthologies, including New Stories from the South: The Year s Best, 2003 and 2004; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2002; and Scribner s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999." "A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he received a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at California State University, San Bernardino. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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