9780374280505

Ecstatic Cahoots Fifty Short Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374280505

  • ISBN10:

    0374280509

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/3/2014
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Summary

In this remarkable collection of bite-size stories, Stuart Dybek, one of our most prodigious writers, explores the human appetite for rapture and for trust. With fervent intensity and sly wit, he gives each tale his signature mix of characters—some almost ghostly, others vividly real—who live in worlds tinged with surreal potential. There are crazed nuns hijacking streetcars, eerie adventures across frozen ponds, and a boy who is visited by a miniature bride and groom every night in his uncle's doomsday compound. Whether they are about a simple transaction, a brave inquiry, a difficult negotiation, or shared bliss, the stories in Ecstatic Cahoots target the friction between our need for ecstatic self-transcendence and our passionate longing for trust between lovers, friends, family, and even strangers.
Call it micro-fiction or mini-fiction, flash fiction or short shorts. Whatever the label, the marvelous encounters here are marked by puzzlement, anguish, and conspiratorial high spirits. In this thrilling collection, Stuart Dybek has once again re-envisioned the possibilities of fiction, creating myriad human situations that fold endlessly upon each other, his crackling prose drawing out the strange, the intimate, and the mysterious elements in each.

Author Biography

Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction, including I Sailed with Magellan (FSG, 2003), as well as two volumes of poetry. The recipient of many prizes and awards—including the PEN/Malamud Prize, the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and four O. Henry Prizes—he is the distinguished writer in residence at Northwestern University. Dybek divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Florida Keys.

Table of Contents

Misterioso

The Start of Something

Drive

I Never Told This to Anyone

Fridge

Midwife

Confession

The Kiss

Córdoba

Ordinary Nudes

Current

A Confluence of Doors

Hometown

Ant

Ransom

Marvelous Encounters of My Life

Samaritan

Fantasy

Transaction

Flu

Swing

Between

Arf

Fingerprints

Mole Man

Bruise

Ravenswood

Brisket

Alms

Here Comes the Sun

Coat

Fedora

Goodwill

Dark Ages

Wash

Vista di Mare

Voyeur of Rain

Naked

Tea Ceremony

The Question

Transients Welcome

Flies

Aria

Belly Button

Ice

The Story of Mist

Happy Ending

Fiction

Inland Sea

Pink Ocean

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