Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken audiobook

Thunderstruck & Other Stories

By Elizabeth McCracken
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Dreamscape 9780385335775
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From Elizabeth McCracken,author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House—finalist for theNational Book Award—comes a beautiful newstory collection, her first in twenty years. Laced with humor, empathy, andmagical descriptive powers, these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragilespace between love and loneliness. In “Property”, a youngscholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish a rentalhouse by removing his landlord’s possessions. In “Peter Elroy: A Documentary byIan Casey”, the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later byhis famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In “The Lost & Found Departmentof Greater Boston”, the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on thefamous case of a missing local woman. And in “Thunderstruck”, a family makes aquixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their livesaltered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter’s risky behavior.

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One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

From Elizabeth McCracken,author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House—finalist for theNational Book Award—comes a beautiful newstory collection, her first in twenty years. Laced with humor, empathy, andmagical descriptive powers, these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragilespace between love and loneliness.

In “Property”, a youngscholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish a rentalhouse by removing his landlord’s possessions. In “Peter Elroy: A Documentary byIan Casey”, the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later byhis famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In “The Lost & Found Departmentof Greater Boston”, the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on thefamous case of a missing local woman. And in “Thunderstruck”, a family makes aquixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their livesaltered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter’s risky behavior.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Elizabeth McCracken knows how loss can melt reality, forever altering a person’s sense of time…In her new collection, McCracken gives brilliantly splintered life to just that kind of story…The fact that there is nothing depressing about the ubiquity of accident and disaster in Thunderstruck & Other Stories is a powerful testament to the scratchy humor and warm intelligence of McCracken’s writing…[A] restorative, unforgettable collection.” New York Times Book Review
“McCracken’s short stories are like no others. Her distinctive voice, her slightly askew manner of looking at the world, her mix of mordant humor and tenderness, her sense of life’s ironies, and the jolt of electricity at the end of each tale make her work arresting and memorable…McCracken transforms life’s dead ends into transformational visions.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Magnetic…Anyone who enjoys short fiction will find pleasure and substance in McCracken’s witty, world-wise collection.” Library Journal
“Though her characters may seem strange, McCracken paints them with such rich detail that it feels as if we must know them, after all—so immersed in their lives do we become in just a few pages.” Booklist
“These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief…McCracken’s skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Elizabeth McCracken

Author Bio: Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of The Giant’s House, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Niagara Falls All Over Again, winner of the PEN/Winship Award; and Here's Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, a collection of stories. She earned her BA and MA from Boston University, an MFA from the University of Iowa, and an MS in library science from Drexel University. McCracken has received grants and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. She is married to the playwright, novelist, and artist, Edward Carey.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English