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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press; First Edition (pb original) edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885586213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885586216
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,916,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazing depth of language...a stunning collection, surely just the first outing in what promises to be a remarkable career. -- The Memphis Flyer -- Rebekah Gleaves

For his intimate understanding of human "brokenness," Scott should be prized by readers...an impressive range of voice. -- Lambda Book Report -- Christopher Hennessy

Remarkable storytelling...Scott kicks the doors open on his subjects' lives and lets us burst into their world. -- North Shore News, Vancouver -- Terry Peters

Scott illustrates the disconnections between husbands, wives, siblings, parents and children. He cuts through pretense to his characters' real feelings. -- Des Moines Sunday Register -- Ellen Heath

Scott's impressive debut...a psychologically complex compendium of crisply rendered sad sacks, of curdled psyches and bad decisions...irresistible appeal. -- Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco -- Glen Helfand

Sweetly oblique and crookedly innocent...bouyed by sharp, insightful dialogue and clever storytelling. -- Publishers Weekly

Amazing depth of language...a stunning collection, surely just the first outing in what promises to be a remarkable career. --The Memphis Flyer

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For his intimate understanding of human "brokenness," Scott should be prized by readers...an impressive range of voice.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
In his debut, Daniel Scott has crafted characters we all know and care about. His storytelling comes straight from the people he defines so well. His stories are not dramatic adventures but the drama comes from within. With this book you'll go from each story to the next. Laughing at some, crying at others, but captivated by them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Briggs on February 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
SOME OF HAVE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING begins in a hardened-in-the-arteries mode. A housewife lives near a busy highway. Neighbors throw a party for the departure of the local thug on his way into the Marines. An unemployed father fights for the right to have his children. Daniel Scott tells these stories in a standard issue working-class shtick, using simple declarative sentences, the smug irony of none-too-bright narrators, and the catalog of dirty realistic detail found in doublewides. However, Scott rubs our nose in the made-up quality of these stories. Characters from one scene surface at opportune moments in another like Pip running into Magwitch on a London street corner. In the fruitful coincidences of his stories, in the too-good-to-be-true plot symmetries, and in the distorted details, Scott has found a storytelling style that is artificial in the way a liar elaborates or leaves out things. At the same time the stories veer from literal possibility, they suggest that these very things could really happen and in fact are happening somewhere in America right this minute. In this way, entire stories such as the long tease of a tale, "Upside Down Hart," about a gay man who falls in love and lust with his trashy and sexy criminal sister -- who happens to be married to a petty thief who happens to have sex with men for money even though he says he is straight -- revel in an ecstatic falseness. It hardly matters if this story is plausible. In this context, everything in this book makes too much sense, more sense really than anything that is merely plausible. Scott's narrators spin their stories over lives gutted by a self-hatred that puts them into seriously dangerous, end-of-the road pickles.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Some of Us Have to Get Up in the Morning shows a remarkable gift for characterization and dialogue in strange but intriguing stories. The characters range from truck drivers to female impersonators--all of them almost painfully believable--in stories in which little appears to happen on the surface, but a lot is going on underneath. "Cleanser," one of my favorites, is a great example of how Scott takes the ordinary (a cleaning woman who has been passed over for a promotion to supervisor)and transforms it into a profoundly human drama. Other exceptional stories include "The Whereabouts of Me," "Bypass," and especially "Upside-down Heart," which has one of the most poignant endings I've ever read in a story. A very exciting new voice in American fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jessitewch" on October 17, 2001
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I loved this book. There aren't many books of short stories you can't put down, but this is one. Some stories are funny, some are gross, some are sad, some are hopeful but all of them are compelling and a pleasure to read. Best collection I've read in a long time.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hilow on October 3, 2001
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I read it. It was ok. I am not an incestuous homophobe but some of his writings made me feel that way. Yuck. "Cookout" was my favorite. Most of the stories seemed pointless and without a really satisfying ending.
I bought this book at list price here in SF. $12.
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