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Description - My Life in Heavy Metal by Steve Almond

Steve Almond's stunning first collection of short stories explores the lives of young men in their twenties and thirties, their confusions, their obsessions, their emotional complexities, taking a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099443629
ISBN-10: 0099443627
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - My Life in Heavy Metal by Steve Almond

UK Kirkus Review » Steve Almond's collection of 12 short stories marks an electrifying debut. The title story concerns a young man who moves to El Paso to become a journalist and soon becomes the paper's rock critic. His college girlfriend decides to join him, but he has already started another relationship with a local lifeguard who holds a special fascination for him. It becomes a matter of time as to when the situation will end in disaster. When the inevitable happens, it almost comes as a relief, particularly since there is no contrived plot twist or clever-clever punchline. The author seems to understand perfectly that the short story form need not be full of tortuous surprises, but must simply capture a moment or a situation perfectly. Without exception, this is what Almond does, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on contemporary relationships. He slips between registers (a fading Casanova, a confused boy in the summer before college, the self-destructive woman who fancies the smarmy IT guy), with confidence and apparent ease, bringing each of his characters to brief but vivid life. He draws the reader in with evocative descriptions of place, allowing us almost to smell the stale beer in the bar or feel the dry desert breeze. Most of all, he allows the reader to share in all the ecstasy, loss and melancholia of love and all that pretends to be love. It is difficult to find anyone in the stories who might be said to be right for their partner (or the object of their desire) but, as in real life, they either cannot see it or cannot admit it, and this fuels and drives the narratives. It is impossible to choose a highlight from a collection of such consistently high quality. Do not be put off by the terrible title or the frank approach to sex, and add this volume to your library. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Steve Almond

Steve Almond's fiction has appeared in Missouri Review, Playboy, Southern Review, All-Story and Zoetrope. He lives in Boston, where he teaches creative writing at Boston College and Emerson college.

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