A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr

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This is a collection of stories, rooted in the Midwest, for those of us who suddenly find ourselves displaced, tourists in our own lives. Reminiscent of the work of Lorrie Moore and Jill McCorkle, this ten-story collection features the sweetly off-beat love story "Jubilation, FL" where two highly unlikeable people share dairy products, and "The Faithful", a funny yet tender story about a family torn apart by their beautiful mother Kitty, who will not give up her coyote fur or cat's-eye sunglasses for anything. We also meet landlocked mermaids and a twists Camp Fire Girl troupe who will do anything to sell the most P-Nuttles in history. The collection includes the riotous "The Last Rites" featuring Zimmer, a rock idol who "had always wanted to be buried in his 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible" and is not disappointed. Kelby's stories have appeared on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts" on NPR's CD Travel Tales, and in the prestigious New Stories from the South: Best of 2006. Whimsical, surreal, touching, and often fiercely funny, this collection takes a clear-eyed look at what it means to be disconnected from our loved ones, our landscapes, and ultimately ourselves.

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