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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375708006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375708008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,295,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A very beautiful book.” –The New York Times Book Review

“The language is beautiful, the attraction fatal. . . . [Canty] is a poet among storytellers.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Kevin Canty’s stories are short, spare and both beautiful and painful to read.” –The Washington Post

“The ease with which he renders such a vast terrain of lives–from city to wilderness, children to adults, professionals to proles is Canty’s crowning achievement.” –Time Out New York

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The characters in Kevin Canty's new collection are people we all know. People who are perhaps ourselves, searching, often in the wrong places, for something meaningful, or real, or at least, for a moment, right. Here are couples like Vincent and Laurie, who after beginning an ill-timed relationship, escape for a weekend at the beach, where they confront their inevitable separation. There is also Olive, a recovering drug addict, sent on a mission to help her nephew, who finds herself in an illicit relationship with both him and his problems. And a young boy nicknamed Flipper, sequestered for a summer at a "fat" camp, who finds unexpected comfort in the company and forbidden gifts of a pregnant teenager.

In these stories, Canty demonstrates both deep understanding and a powerful grasp of language and continues to set himself apart as a master of the short story.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on June 16, 2006
Having read and loved A Stranger in this World, I couldn't wait to read something else by Kevin Canty. Honeymoon, his second short fiction collection, is similar to A Stranger in this World in terms of quirky characters, disturbing storylines and dark language throughout. This one, however, is even spookier in some areas than his first book. The characters in Honeymoon have some rather interesting "adventures," most of which are disarming and don't necessarily lead to character growth. And that in my opinion is the best part of this collection because it shows human nature in its less savory moments. I love each and every offering here, but the stories I enjoyed the most were "Red Dress," "Aquarium," "Honeymoon," "Girlfriend Hit by Bus," and "Little Palaces." If you enjoy dark, surrealistic stories, then you will love Canty's writing. I recommend this book and A Stranger in this World. I cannot wait to give this author's novels a whirl.
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