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Product Details

  • Series: Iowa Short Fiction Award
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609380525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609380526
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Josh Rolnick’s extraordinary stories suggest the author suffers from a strange anatomical condition: he clearly has a heart that’s even larger than his oversized, electrified brain.”—Nic Brown, author, Doubles and Floodmarkers

 



“Josh Rolnick is a wonderful observer and a beautiful storyteller. Each story in Pulp and Paper is a path to the hearts of Rolnick’s characters, who, like you and me, strive to be their true, honest selves despite follies and weaknesses. A truly compassionate collection.”—Yiyun Li

About the Author

 

Josh Rolnick’s short stories have won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have also been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. A reporter, editor, and journal publisher, he grew up in New Jersey, spent summers camping his way through Upstate New York, and has lived in Jerusalem, London, Philadelphia, Iowa City, Washington, D.C., and Menlo Park, California. He currently lives with his wife and three sons in Akron, Ohio.

 


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While each story is different, each share some common threads.
Susan G. Ratner
Pulp and Paper is the 2011 winner of the University of Iowa's John Simmons Short Fiction Award for a first collection of short stories.
TChris
I picked up this book because it was written by an old friend; I enjoyed it and recommend it heartily because it is a good read.
A. Kalkstein

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By Jim D. on February 9, 2014
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I read a positive review on Josh Rolnick's book, so I decided to buy it. His stories confront love and loss and ask that we answer his questions for ourselves. Funnyboy knocked me for a loop, and Innkeeping is the kind of literary fiction where you find yourself thinking about the situation, what it means, and what may happen after the story. I look forward to seeing more from this author. Highly recommended.
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By sj on October 3, 2013
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Rolnick wins. All-time favorite among members of our short-story reading group. What poignancy! What plots! Can't wait for another collection from Rolnick.
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Pulp and Paper is the 2011 winner of the University of Iowa's John Simmons Short Fiction Award for a first collection of short stories. I wasn't familiar with the award until I read this book, but I have to agree that many of these stories are award-worthy.

Four stories are set in New Jersey: "Funnyboy" begins with an attention-grabbing sentence -- "I glanced out the window as my train pulled into the station and saw the girl who killed my son" -- before exploring the issues of guilt and responsibility surrounding a young boy's accidental death, a loss his father cannot accept. Loss is also at the heart of "Innkeeping," a story written from the perspective of a fifteen-year-old whose father has died and whose mother is struggling to keep their inn afloat. The first sentence -- "I wasn't looking for a new father when Tweedy walked into the bar" -- foreshadows the rest of the story.

"The Herald" is both a tribute to the old fashioned art of newspaper reporting and a personal story of a reporter on a sleepy beat who works against deadline to write an exclusive story about the fate of a missing woman. He implores his managing editor to publish the scoop, but is the story accurate? "Mainlanders" is about two boys from a small barrier island and their tongue-tied amazement that two flirtatious mainland girls visiting the beach are actually willing to talk to them. The boys learn how difficult it is to build a bridge between different worlds.

Four stories take place in (mostly upstate) New York. My favorite story in the collection, "Pulp and Paper," tells of a train crash at a paper plant and what rural neighbors will (or won't) do for each other in a time of disaster. The strain on a relationship caused by an unplanned pregnancy is at the heart of "Big River.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Kalkstein on September 11, 2011
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Full disclosure - I've known Josh Rolnick for years, since third or fourth grade I think. He was always one of the friendliest guys in our grade. We only recently got back in sporadic touch so I write this review without any bias other than the gratifying feeling of seeing an old friend succeed.

I'm not generally a fan of short stories as they always seem too brief or unfulfilling.

But it is a wholly enjoyable afternoon that is spent wandering through the stories of Pulp and Paper. Each story - all unrelated - covers an event, or non-event, in the life of a character. In at least three stories, the narrator is an adolescent boy. Short stories are, well, short, but in each of these stories, each one draws you in. You get a sense of the events that proceeded, and will follow, the details set out in the story. Because there is so much narrative packed into a small space, y you also simultaneously have the closure of thinking you know how things will turn out for the characters `afterwards' while still wanting to know more about them, anyway.

The characters themselves are compellingly and movingly drawn, from the father with the dead son [that is not a spoiler] in Funnyboy to the teenage Will of Innkeeping, to the reporter at a turning point in his career in The Herald. Even though you are only with each of them for the length of the story, you get a real feel for who they are and what matters to each of them. You believe these people; they behave like real people. You recognize and understand their reactions and decisions.

I picked up this book because it was written by an old friend; I enjoyed it and recommend it heartily because it is a good read. I can't wait to see what he writes next.
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