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A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose world-and imagination-knows no boundaries. "I don't know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from," said "Newsweek" on the publication of her fiction debut, "Flying Leap, " "but I'm happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted, and enchanted." These twelve astonishingly inventive stories-which take us into the heart of America and around the globe, from suburban backyards and swimming pools to war-torn streets and fallout shelters-are riveting, seductive, and impossible to forget. In "Flush," a mammogram prompts a dark comedy of blurred identities between a mother and her two adult daughters. In "Elephant and Boy," a surrogate mother-and-son bond, tinged with the erotic, is formed when a philanthropist attempts to "civilize" a young elephant handler. "Nadia" sounds the depths of a young woman's complex feelings toward a friend's mail-order bride from Eastern Europe. "Preparedness"-an Orwellian tale in Technicolor-imagines rapture in the wake of imminent apocalypse. And in "Where We Come From," a pregnant woman's many failed attempts to cross the border do not lessen her resolve to give birth on U.S. soil to a "nice big American baby." Magical, poignant, often transcendent, these are virtuoso modern fables that mine our stores of hidden urges, misunderstandings, and blind passions, inviting us on a voyage through places and times at once deeply familiar and wondrously strange. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375726866
ISBN-10: 0375726861
Format: Paperback / softback
(207mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 285
Imprint: Vintage Books USA
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Judy Budnitz

Judy Budnitz's stories have appeared in "The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Story, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, " and "McSweeney's, " and she is the recipient of an O. Henry Award. "Flying Leap "was a "New York Times" Notable Book in 1998. Budnitz is also the author of the novel "If I Told You Once, "which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in the United States and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the United Kingdom. She lives in San Francisco.

Books By Author Judy Budnitz

Nice Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz

Nice Big American Baby

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If I Told You Once by Judy Budnitz

If I Told You Once

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