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1800-987-323 My Life in Heavy Metal (English) by Steve Almond

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Language English

Offers a collection of short stories that explores the lives of young men in their twenties and thirties, their confusions, their obsessions, their emotional complexities, taking a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence.

Publisher Description

Steve Almond's stunning first collection of short stories explores the lives of young men in their twenties and thirties, their confusions, their obsessions, their emotional complexities, taking a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence; By turns tender and raw, visceral and otherworldly, the stories in My Life in Heavy Metal capture the moments when the fires of passion burn over and subside into the embers of pain and longing. This is a dazzling debut by a vibrant and gifted new writer.

Notes

Short story collection exploring the lives of men in their 20s and 30s. "An unashamed handbook to the sustained pursuit of sex" Times.

Author Biography

Steve Almond's fiction has appeared in Missouri Review, Playboy, Southern Review, All-Story and Zoetrope. He lives in Boston, where he teaches creative writing at Boston College and Emerson college.

Review

"Remarkably good... Perverse, poetic, odd... It will leave you feeling quite wonderful" Guardian "'Excellent...This is no headbanging memoir of juvenile depravity, but an unashamed handbook to the sustained pursuit of sex" The Times "Consistently clever... genuinely memorable" Boston Globe "While each tale is original and complete in itself, a beautiful atmosphere of comic melancholy pervades the whole" Esquire "Funny, softhearted and hopeful" Los Angeles Times

Kirkus UK Review

Steve Almond's collection of 12 short stories marks an electrifying debut. The title story concerns a young man who moves to El Paso to become a journalist and soon becomes the paper's rock critic. His college girlfriend decides to join him, but he has already started another relationship with a local lifeguard who holds a special fascination for him. It becomes a matter of time as to when the situation will end in disaster. When the inevitable happens, it almost comes as a relief, particularly since there is no contrived plot twist or clever-clever punchline. The author seems to understand perfectly that the short story form need not be full of tortuous surprises, but must simply capture a moment or a situation perfectly. Without exception, this is what Almond does, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on contemporary relationships. He slips between registers (a fading Casanova, a confused boy in the summer before college, the self-destructive woman who fancies the smarmy IT guy), with confidence and apparent ease, bringing each of his characters to brief but vivid life. He draws the reader in with evocative descriptions of place, allowing us almost to smell the stale beer in the bar or feel the dry desert breeze. Most of all, he allows the reader to share in all the ecstasy, loss and melancholia of love and all that pretends to be love. It is difficult to find anyone in the stories who might be said to be right for their partner (or the object of their desire) but, as in real life, they either cannot see it or cannot admit it, and this fuels and drives the narratives. It is impossible to choose a highlight from a collection of such consistently high quality. Do not be put off by the terrible title or the frank approach to sex, and add this volume to your library. (Kirkus UK)

Details
  • ISBN0099443627
  • Title My Life in Heavy Metal
  • Author Steve Almond
  • Year 2003
  • ISBN-10 0099443627
  • ISBN-13 9780099443629
  • Format Paperback
  • Publication Date 2003-04-03
  • Imprint Vintage
  • Place of Publication London
  • Country of Publication United Kingdom
  • DEWEY 813.6
  • Media Book
  • Publisher Vintage
  • Short Title MY LIFE IN HEAVY METAL
  • Language English
  • Residence Boston, MA, US
  • Pages 240
  • Dimensions129mm x 198mm x 16mm
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