The Heaven of Animals

The Heaven of Animals

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Named one of Amazona€™s Best Short Story Collections of 2014 One of Atlanta Journal Constitutiona€™s 9 Best Books of 2014 Best Short Story Collection of the Year, Tweed's Magazine Winner of GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction 2014 LA Times Book Prize Finalist Winner of the Florida Book Awards Silver Medal for Fiction Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction a€œA debut collection of unsparing yet warmly empathetic storiesa€bakin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical masterya€ (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). The Heaven of Animals, award-winning young writer David James Poissanta€™s stunning debut, has been one of the most-praised story collections of the year. Named one of Amazona€™s Best Short Story Collections of 2014, compared to the work of Richard Ford and Amy Hemple in the Los Angeles Review of Books, to Anton Chekhov, Raymond Carver, and George Saunders in the New York Post, and the subject of a full-page rave by Clyde Edgerton in Garden a Gun, this a€œcollection of vicious and heartbreaking vignettesa€ (The Orlando Sentinel) is a must-read for any fiction lover. In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of familya€”fathers and sons, husbands and wivesa€”as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love. His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away? Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin writes that Poissant forces us a€œto face the people we are when wea€™re alone in the dark.a€ From two friends racing to save the life an alligator in a€œLizard Mana€ to a girl helping her boyfriend face his greatest fears in a€œThe End of Aaron, a€ from a man who stalks death on an Atlanta street corner to a brothera€™s surprise at the surreal, improbable beauty of a late night encounter with a wolf, Poissant creates worlds that shine with honesty and dark complexity, but also with a profound compassion. These are stories hell-bent on hope. Fresh, smart, lively, and wickedly funny, The Heaven of Animals is startlingly original and compulsively readable. As bestselling author Kevin Wilson puts it, a€œPoissant is a writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he found his way so easily into our hearts and souls.a€I proffer an Emerson brand microwave, a Landsa#39; End thermal fleece, a 2009 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel, my favorite. a€œFifty dollars, retail, a€ I say. a€œ Excellent vintage.a€ But the wolf, he needs none of these. Food he eats raw. Fur keepsanbsp;...

Title:The Heaven of Animals
Author: David James Poissant
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-03-11

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