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Hunters & Gamblers Paperback – July 14, 2011

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Reading Ryan Ridge's wild wheel of stories, large and small, is like crossing the street in London: you look one way but the surprise is coming from the other. This is a terrific debut of a welcome new talent. - Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies

Ryan Ridge's stories are lacerating cuts that expose the gray matter and turbulence of a nation. Ridge's inventiveness is unlimited, a panoptical lens that lets us see what is part myth and part video and part tazered dream. - Bruce Smith, author of Devotions

Ryan Ridge's brilliant Hunters & Gamblers reads more like a library than a collection of stories. It takes on a much broader swath of history and eternity than most fiction ever does, and the contemporary world snaps across its pages. - Paul Griner, author of The German Woman

Smart & excellent! - William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field

This book deserves wild applause! Buy it if you love joy! - Michael Bible, author of Cowboy Maloney's Electric City

About the Author

Ryan Ridge lives in Long Beach, California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Mississippi Review, Fractured West, Salt Hill, The Los Angeles Review, Juked, and PANK, among others. He teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Sky Books (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983067457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983067450
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,214,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers, the poetry collection Ox, as well as the chapbooks Hey, it's America and 22nd Century Man. His next book, American Homes, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press as part of their new 21st Century Prose series. His work can be found in PANK, McSweeney's Small Chair, FLAUNT Magazine, theNewerYork, The Santa Monica Review, Salt Hill, DIAGRAM, and Sleepingfish. A former editor-in-chief of Faultline, he now serves as managing editor for Juked alongside his wife, Ashley Farmer. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Louisville.

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By Mr. Books on August 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Reading this collection of very short stories along with a few longer ones and a novella was pure pleasure. I enjoyed it so much I taught it to a composition class where students were both baffled and excited by the playfulness and intelligence of the writing. Ryan Ridge has an excellent ear for language and a poet's touch with syntax. It's a book that sticks its finger into the nervous system of American history and culture, challenging the proscribed way we look at everyday life. It stays with you in ways you don't expect and comforts you that all the craziness of this life has a voice and an order.
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