The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories (Paperback)

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Fans of the work of Donald Barthelme, Kurt Vonnegut, George Saunders, and T. Coraghessan Boyle will revel in Alasdair Gray's masterful, witty collection. Gray's stories defy genre, and his angular, playful style, prodigious wit, and razor-sharp intellect are matched by his remarkable skill with the short-story form. In Job's Skin Game, the narrator humbly tells his life story like the evenings news. During a moment of awkward revelation, he shares the strangely exquisite pleasure he receives from scratching at the skin condition he's developed since losing his two sons in the Twin Towers tragedy and a small fortune in the dot-com meltdown. In Big Pockets with Button Flaps, a wily old man teases and taunts a pair of punk teenage girls as their confrontation takes on social implication through lightning-fast transfers of power and wit. The Ends of Our Tethers is vintage Gray--accessible, experimental, mischievous, wide ranging, beautifully written, and wise.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841956268
ISBN-10: 1841956260
Publisher: Canongate Us
Publication Date: January 13th, 2005
Pages: 192
Language: English