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Understanding Jill McCorkle
Barbara Bennett
1570033501
July 2000
Hardcover
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New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best
Shannon Ravenel (Editor)
1565124693
June 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
In the preface to the twentieth installment of this distinguished annual anthology, Jill McCorkle notes several southern characteristics but insists nonetheless on the commonalities of southern stories and those by other groups that "have been set aside or deprived by poverty or illiteracy or prejudice." In good stories anywhere she looks for "pain, sorrow, grief," and this collection has these in abundance, not only in individual lives but also in the portraits of whole communities struggling to connect themselves. In Stephanie Soileau's "The Boucherie," an estranged local and his neighbors from Sudan carry out a painful ritual of connection before the rest of the community. James Lee Burke's "The Burning of the Flag" also offers a stark image of a community ritual in its final scene, with two boys who have struggled...


Carolina Moon
Jill McCorkle
0449912809
Sept 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Jill McCorkle entered the publishing world with a splash, sending her first two books to the press simultaneously. Her latest work, Carolina Moon, revolves around a circle of folks united not so much by their knowledge of one another but by a certain kindred spirit. The setting, as in McCorkle's earlier book July 7th, is a small North Carolina town. There, the charismatic widow Quee Purdy intercedes in the lives of a number of young couples, creating several mysteries, the details of which are disclosed from varying points of view. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
The sad, gritty truths about life have always poked through the graceful prose and smart, funny dialogue of McCorkle's novels and stories (Ferris Beach, Crash...


The Best American Short Stories 2002
Selected by Sue Miller
0618131736
October 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In her opening remarks to The Best American Short Stories 2002, guest editor Sue Miller notes the difficulty of reading fiction produced during 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks. She also remarks that by the time she had finalized her 20 selections, this act of reading had restored her faith both in fiction's significance and its ability to tap into timeless themes. The 2002 anthology includes stories best described as realist fiction or traditional fiction, many set in contemporary times. The tales range from E.L. Doctorow's "A House on the Plains," a murder set at the turn of the century, to pieces with more recent settings, like "Puppy" by Richard Ford, which shows how a New Orleans couple deals--or doesn't deal--with the appearance of a stray dog. Both Jhumpa Lahiri's "Nobody's Business" and Edwidge...


What Are You Looking At : The First Fat Fiction Anthology
Donna Jarrell
0156029073
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This anthology of thirty works by some of our best contemporary American writers looks at our perennial American obsession: fat. It's everywhere, all around you, and maybe even on you. Now, America's consuming passion at last has its own anthology. From Andre Dubus's delicious story of a young woman more comfortable in her fat body than her thin one
("The Fat Girl"), to Tobias Wolff's tale of bonding over pancakes ("Hunters in the Snow"), Dorothy Allison's poem about food and love ("Dumpling Child"), Peter Carey's surreal tale of a fat-man revolution ("The Fat Man in History"), Wesley McNair's poetic celebration "Fat Heaven", and George Saunders's "The 400-pound CEO," this bountiful feast of fiction and poetry will ensure no reader ever looks at fat quite the same way again.

Including stories and poems...


Final Vinyl Days
Jill McCorkle
0613215389
Aug 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
With titles such as "Dysfunction 101," "Your Husband Is Cheating on Us," and "It's a Funeral! RSVP," it's clear that when you open Jill McCorkle's Final Vinyl Days, you're not signing up for Remembrance of Things Past. Still, if Proust grew up in the newly air-conditioned South, listening to Marvin Gaye and sneaking contraband cigarettes in the local graveyard, who knows, he might have produced tales like these. Garrulous, earthy, and firmly grounded in the most mundane details of life, McCorkle's stories strain at the edges of their slight plots. The pleasure here lies mostly in listening to these voices run on--and they do run on, in monologues both withering and affectionate. "He was real handsome, when he was all cleaned up, but I couldn't stop thinking of his head as a maraca, like the...


Crash Diet
Jill McCorkle
044991254X
October 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this peppery, potent collection by McCorkle ( Ferris Beach ), 11 memorable women, ranging from high school student to retiree, confide details of troubled relationships. Without fail, their voices, hopes and sorrows hit the mark; it's easy to empathize with them and to uneasily recall moments when our own lives have mirrored theirs. Optimism and sorrow are here in equal measure: the title story's chronic dieter, abandoned by her husband, surprises herself by coping with marital crisis and unwittingly losing weight. The selective, feisty narrator of "Man Watcher" admits that her search for a male partner may be a "snipe hunt," the undeniably odd main character of "Comparison Shopping" learns with dismay that a couple on The New Newlywed Game consider her their "weirdest friend," and the teenage heroine of...


Ferris Beach
Jill McCorkle
0833593277
Sept 1991
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Kate Burns, who goes through adolescence painfully aware of the port-wine birthmark on her face, envies her best friend's flamboyant mother and her beautiful, racy cousin Angela without recognizing their vulnerabilities. "McCorkle controls her story with dextrous skill . . . and illuminates character with ironic humor and empathic insight," said PW. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal
YA-- Ferris Beach is where excitement and glamour start--at least that's what Kate thinks as she hears about her cousin Angela who lives there. Kate has had a humdrum, "normal" childhood; her conservative mother and humorous father have brought her up "properly," while Angela has had...


The Cheer Leader
Jill McCorkle
1565120019
June 2003
Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
"She's a born storyteller."

Los Angeles Times
" A strong and subtle novel about a young woman's struggle to reveal her own reality."

See all Editorial Reviews


Creatures of Habit
Jill McCorkle
1565122569
October 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The title creatures of McCorkle's third short story collection and eighth book are humans with animal qualities and animals with human qualities. In lesser hands, such a setup could be formulaic, but McCorkle has a poet's skill and the necessary restraint to make the conceit work. The interconnected stories follow the arc of a life span, beginning with the memory of a summer evening in 1970 in smalltown North Carolina. Running in a pack, the neighborhood children follow the mosquito truck and get high on its fumes, talk about murder and suicide, and swim clandestinely in a motel pool. The way these seventh graders deal with their impulses and fears foreshadows their way of handling life's crises as adults. Their candid voices, the foundation of any McCorkle fiction, are heard in the remaining 11 stories. In...


Creatures of Habit
Jill McCorkle
1565123972
March 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The title creatures of McCorkle's third short story collection and eighth book are humans with animal qualities and animals with human qualities. In lesser hands, such a setup could be formulaic, but McCorkle has a poet's skill and the necessary restraint to make the conceit work. The interconnected stories follow the arc of a life span, beginning with the memory of a summer evening in 1970 in smalltown North Carolina. Running in a pack, the neighborhood children follow the mosquito truck and get high on its fumes, talk about murder and suicide, and swim clandestinely in a motel pool. The way these seventh graders deal with their impulses and fears foreshadows their way of handling life's crises as adults. Their candid voices, the foundation of any McCorkle fiction, are heard in the remaining 11 stories. In...


July 7th
Jill McCorkle
1565120027
June 2003
Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
"An absorbing tale...a tumultuous crazy quilt of anecdotes and happenings."

New York Times Book Review
"A book big-hearted enough to embrace a whole small town."

See all Editorial Reviews


Final Vinyl Days: And Other Stories
Jill McCorkle
0449005747
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
With titles such as "Dysfunction 101," "Your Husband Is Cheating on Us," and "It's a Funeral! RSVP," it's clear that when you open Jill McCorkle's Final Vinyl Days, you're not signing up for Remembrance of Things Past. Still, if Proust grew up in the newly air-conditioned South, listening to Marvin Gaye and sneaking contraband cigarettes in the local graveyard, who knows, he might have produced tales like these. Garrulous, earthy, and firmly grounded in the most mundane details of life, McCorkle's stories strain at the edges of their slight plots. The pleasure here lies mostly in listening to these voices run on--and they do run on, in monologues both withering and affectionate. "He was real handsome, when he was all cleaned up, but I couldn't stop thinking of his head as a maraca, like the...


Carolina Moon
Jill McCorkle
1565121368
Jan 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
Jill McCorkle entered the publishing world with a splash, sending her first two books to the press simultaneously. Her latest work, Carolina Moon, revolves around a circle of folks united not so much by their knowledge of one another but by a certain kindred spirit. The setting, as in McCorkle's earlier book July 7th, is a small North Carolina town. There, the charismatic widow Quee Purdy intercedes in the lives of a number of young couples, creating several mysteries, the details of which are disclosed from varying points of view.

From Publishers Weekly
The sad, gritty truths about life have always poked through the graceful prose and smart, funny dialogue of McCorkle's novels and stories (Ferris Beach, Crash Diet, etc.), and here again she illuminates the ways that...


Final Vinyl Days: And Other Stories
Jill McCorkle
1565122046
June 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
With titles such as "Dysfunction 101," "Your Husband Is Cheating on Us," and "It's a Funeral! RSVP," it's clear that when you open Jill McCorkle's Final Vinyl Days, you're not signing up for Remembrance of Things Past. Still, if Proust grew up in the newly air-conditioned South, listening to Marvin Gaye and sneaking contraband cigarettes in the local graveyard, who knows, he might have produced tales like these. Garrulous, earthy, and firmly grounded in the most mundane details of life, McCorkle's stories strain at the edges of their slight plots. The pleasure here lies mostly in listening to these voices run on--and they do run on, in monologues both withering and affectionate. "He was real handsome, when he was all cleaned up, but I couldn't stop thinking of his head as a maraca, like the...


The Best American Short Stories of the Century, Vol. 2
John Updike (Editor)
0618013210
November 1999
Audio
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Book Review
At age 67, the perennially youthful John Updike may at last qualify as something of an elder statesman. But the Best American Short Stories annual--whose greatest hits package Updike has now assembled--is almost a generation older, having commenced publication in 1915. This staying power allows the hefty Best American Short Stories of the Century to perform double duty. It is, on the one hand, a priceless compendium of American manners and morals--a decade-by-decade survey of how we lived then, and how we live now. Yet Updike very consciously avoided the sociological angle in making his selection. "I tried not to select stories because they illustrated a theme or portion of the national experience," he writes in his introduction, "but because they struck me as lively, beautiful, believable, and, in the human news they...

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