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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness House Press (September 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578024799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578024790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,998,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her debut story collection DEER, Susan Tepper takes us into the forest of her imagination, shining a light on a pack of off-kilter characters caught in unusual and compelling circumstances. Tepper is one of the most original voices in fiction I've heard in quite a while. Reading her loopy-beautiful dark narratives, I was reminded of the first time I read Denis Johnson. Yes, she's that good. This is a writer to watch!--Jamie Cat Callan, The Writer's Toolbox and French Women Don't Sleep Alone

Susan Tepper... has written a collection of short stories as quirky as her life so far... and the deer in the title appears in the stories as a kind of leitmotif... suddenly darting into your path, to haunt the story... --Saul Friedman, NEWSDAY

Susan Tepper creates brilliant , quirky, unpredictable worlds in her story collection DEER. Whether set in the Italian countryside, a post-modern house in the Hamptons, or backstage at a community theatre, they teeter between the familiar and the extreme, the peculiar and the poignant, and her characters, brimming as they are with eccentricities, never let us forget how deeply human they are at their core. --Ellen Litman, The Last Chicken in America

Tepper takes the simplest little plots and electrocutes you with them. --Hugh Fox, Revoir

Nothing is off-limits in Susan Tepper's stories, yet not a single sentence feels gratuitous. Each of the tales that make up DEER exists as its own world, endowed with so potent a presence that one feels one has witnessed a truth unfold in the reading. Gladly our minds stretch wide to catch her fictions and weave them into our new reality. --Eric Darton, Free City and Divided We Stand (A Biography of New York's World Trade Center)

Tepper notices more detail at breakfast than most of us do all day, and her stories brim with surprise thanks to her characters' immersion in what it means to live. --Mark Wisniewski, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman and All Weekend With The Lights On

The stories in DEER are terrific, many remind me of Hemingway's In Our Time: the woods, the war, the indirection... --Robert Viscusi, Astoria (American Book Award)

More About the Author

Susan Tepper's latest book is a Novel in Stories called 'THE MERRILL DIARIES' published in July 2013 by Pure Slush Books http://pureslush.webs.com/store.htm#916515853

'THE MERRILL DIARIES' will soon appear here on Amazon.

The book follows 9 years in the life of Merrill: 2 husbands, 2 continents, a psychic, a hooker, assorted lovers, 2 spies, hit men, the music business and lots more ~



Susan Tepper grew up on Long Island. She has worked as an actor, singer, flight attendant, marketing manager, television producer, tour guide, interior decorator, rescue worker and more.

Her stories, poems, essays and interviews have been published world wide and number in the hundreds. Tepper has received 9 Pushcart Prize Nominations, and one nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN (co-authored with Gary Percesepe). 'THE MERRILL DIARIES' is her 5th published book.
www.susantepper.com

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Susan Tepper's stories are so full of emotion.
Mary Anne Gruen
Tepper is able to bring forth some great emotion in these stories while still keeping the prose really tight and clean.
D. S. Atkinson
I highly recommend this book of short stories.
Gloria J. Mindock

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Baker on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've made no qualms about my lack of love for short stories. I always find them lacking in something. Susan Tepper's deer, however, is lacking in nothing. As far as collections of short stories go, Deer & Other Stories takes the cake.
Susan Tepper has an intriguing way of taking words and making them mean so much more than what they actually say. As her stories unwind, everyday situations and plain, everyday characters become exhilirating and wondrous. Each idea is a new lesson in eccentricity; each story is a world contained within itself, and through Susan Tepper's incredible knack for detail, we live through each as if we were there. She and her incredible imagination know absolutely no boundaries, going so far, at one point, as to even bring Elvis back to life. The way she manages to weave deer into each and every one is sometimes riveting, sometimes revolting, and always endearing.
As with most collections of short stories, the reader is bound to have their favorite. Mine was "Help," a story about love. This story really gets across is point that, when it comes to love, one can never be sure about anything. Quoted directly from the book, "About love, I can only say this: I do not know."
I actually picked a top three, and the other two on the list are "String," a story about life running its course and a screwed up relationship, and "Within You Without You," in which we voyage through India with the Beatles.
This book was a beautiful breath of fresh air that I would recommend to anyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Golan on September 21, 2009
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To read Susan Tepper's collection of short stories is to enter an enchanted forest, a place without time or space. Yes, there's literal time - one can usually guess the year (memories of the 60s hover) and literal space (often a nameless town or village, or street in Queens), but a sense hovers within these pages of a world you entered without realizing you were going anywhere quite as far. There's a young couple driving aimlessly around looking for deer, or a fortune teller in Queens who went to India with the Beatles, or a young, Scotch-swilling woman in pain from a broken relationship (and a broken, or at least damaged, leg) on an ill-fated trip home to rest.
But no one rests in Susan Tepper's fiction. There is always this tension; nothing is ever quite resolved. The characters are eternally hungry, like the deer that browse in forests, looking for food, never satisfied, the deer who pop up somewhere in the stories in so many guises. As they are, right now, roaming forests, seeking sustenance
It's a world I've never quite seen anywhere else, everyone is quirky, so much that one's idea of normalcy changes.
I urge you to explore it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anne Gruen on October 29, 2009
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Susan Tepper's stories are so full of emotion. They stay with you long after you've finished reading them. My favorite in this collection was "Blue Skies," but "Slow Burn" and "The Grass Eye" have stayed with me as well. I especially like the way Ms. Tepper included the long shadows of the Viet Nam War in some of her stories...and of World War II in "The Grass Eye," as a little boy tries to make sense of the things he's heard about that war. She shows her characters with all their confusion and inconsistencies as they try and scratch their way towards making sense of it all. And a result, you can't help but feel along with them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Glines on September 15, 2009
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Susan Tepper is a most charming writer. Each story is completely different yet a common charm runs through each one. In each story a deer appears in a completely different way that is neither intrusive nor forced but rather in a completely natural way that helps to push the story along.

I can't wait to read her next collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria J. Mindock on October 16, 2009
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I could not put Susan Tepper's book down. It was a wonderful quirky ride!
Susan's characters are ever so interesting--so off-beat. No one writes like this.
I highly recommend this book of short stories.
Susan is a writer to read and one to definitely watch.
--Gloria Mindock, Cervena Barva Press
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. LeBlanc on October 18, 2009
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From Jennifer LeBlanc: I took a break from my studying today, and I'm so glad that I did! I absolutely love "String" and "Elvis Out Of The Meditation Garden," especially. Reading Susan's work was a wonderful break from the hectic schedule. Susan, congrats again on the book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Stone on January 25, 2010
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To read the artful and nuanced stories of Susan Tepper is to move through a world of shadow and echo. Shadows cast during the seventies, time of the Viet Nam war and the Beatles, a time when both mind-altering drugs and higher visions of humanity were fighting for their place in the national conversation.

And the echoes, oh yes the echoes. They rise from the silence that envelopes and punctuates the ambiguities and half-lies of the hollow late 20th century America envisioned by Tepper. A world powered it seems by unstated motivations, subtly textured relationships, the fear of death and somewhere, behind it all, a deeply seated yearning. For what, I can't say.

Each story is so wonderfully crafted, more a still-life portrait than a plotted story, yet we rarely have the benefit of a plot or a final act. But there's never a shortage of tension. Made even more visceral by the fact we're never sure of the narrator's voice, age, or even gender, shifting from one story to the next. Tepper moves effortlessly through a multitude of veils in telling her stories, and the search for the narrator's True North is invariably one of the many mysteries we happily take on when reading "Deer & Other Stories".

These highly entertaining, culturally-perceptive stories delight in catching their characters off-balanced and humanly incomplete. And we, the fortunate readers, get to witness their resulting and generally futile search for wholeness and completion. All the while aware that somewhere out in the woods, in every story, deer are hunting for their own rightful place in Tepper's world.

I heartily recommend this unique collection of stories.
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