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The Actor's Table
Another Language
Carlo
A Cup Of Wine
Flame
Flower At Night
For Leo
The Forbidden City In Early April Rain
The Garden Of Never Going
In Old Egypt
The Last Suppers Of The Hundred-year-old Woman
Lullaby
Man Standing By Flower
Marriage And The Erotic Life Of Reading
Migration: Pages Out Of Sequence
Nomad Song
On A Path Through The Ruins Of The Summer Palace
On The Way To Your Country
One Morning
A Plain Story
Possum
Public Transport
Reading Yu Hsuan-chi Late At Night
Red Flower
Red Pages
Roadside Stand, Obese Woman In A Heat Wave
The Second Life Of The Orange Soda
Sentimental Poem
Song For Moth
Spring Comes To Hsia-kuei
Street
Tourist Rapt In Chinese Monastery
The Understudy's Hand
Waking Alone In Winter, 5 A.m.
Water
Wayfarers
What I Wait For Waits For Me
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With Anna: 1. Light And Dark In Beijing
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Thomas E Kennedy has a knack for creating distinctive main characters. His second compilation, containing eight more of short stories, does nothing but further his reputation. What makes his writing special is the adept way he slides readers into the character's heads. They are accessible, realistic and hard to forget. One of his best characters is Fred Bonner, the title character of "Bonner's Women". Other excellent characters can be found in "A Clean Knife", "Kansas City" and the title story "Drive, Dive, Dance and Fight". All of the stories feature strong main characters but these four stand out as having the best of the best. Obviously, Kennedy's great characterization wouldn't be worth a hill of beans if he didn't incorporate them into satisfying plots. No doubt drawing a great percentage of his ideas from past experiences-his plots are vibrant, contemplative and most importantly identifiable. And that's the key word when it comes, not only to this compilation, but to Kennedy's writing as a whole: identifiable. -- Factsheet Five, Spring 1998

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Kennedy's characters are full, alive, and each story is rich and deep. He writes with wisdom, and it is perhaps that wisdom which turns some of his stories of great sorrow into something triumphant. The title story is worth the book's price. It is funny, gloomy, terrifying, and joyful. --Andre Dubus

The American short story is a thriving art form, and no one embodies its vitality, range and depth more energetically than Thomas E. Kennedy. His stories pulse with humor, moral edge, and a deep sympathy for the human predicament. --James Carroll, 1996 National Book Award for American Requiem

Intense, humorous, sexually charged, emotionally powerful, the stories in Thomas E Kennedy's Drive, Dive, Dance & Fight brilliantly mine the hidden recesses of the human heart. Kennedy is a dazzling writer, literary, compelling and profound. --Duff Brenna

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Bkmk Pr/Umkc (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886157146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886157149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,152,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best short story collections you can find today. The writing is profound and meaningful. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grotto@erols.com on October 28, 1997
Format: Paperback
This collection of Kennedy's fiction is as good a collection of short stories as you're likely to find this year. Kennedy's characters have a way of confronting their fears without being fearless, thus rendering them with the greatest sense of humanity. You can absolutely feel them in your life and that is a feat few contemporary authors are able to achieve. There is a resolute wisdom to the people who populate Kennedy's stories, yet they always feel within reach of our own human experience. Kennedy's spot-on wit is apparent in many of these stories as well and after reading a few of them, you know you are in the hands of a writer who knows his craft and his audience, but more importantly, knows his own characters. There have been few collections of short stories that have moved me as much as in "Drive, Dive, Dance & Fight," and I couldn't recommend this collection highly enough.
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By Okla Elliott on February 1, 2007
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Kennedy has written many books and has published stories in nearly every major literary journal in America (as well as several abroad), and this collection is likely his finest one to date. The title story is wonderfully crafted and will linger with you for months after you read it.

Buy this book and other books by Thomas Kennedy. He's an amazing author who deserves more of a following.
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