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The Man Who Built Boxes and other stories [Kindle Edition]

Frank Tavares
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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“Each story is a minor masterpiece of the writer's craft.” Midwest Book Review

In these twelve stories, you’ll meet a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they’ve put on their lives. Driven by love or loneliness, like the man in the title, they’ve boxed themselves in. Frank Tavares tells their stories with humor and compassion. And while the themes may be familiar--crumbling marriages, feuding neighbors, sparring business partners, and the endless searching for what might have been--here they become fresh, unpredictable, and surprising. This exciting debut collection from a first-rate storyteller will haunt and fascinate you long after you finish reading.

“Too often, life stuns us with nuances and a mix of emotions that need time and patience to digest. Frank Tavares’s greatest gift is in delivering all of these layers and textures in a single pass and doing so with a beautiful taste of humor to make it all palatable. The stories contained in The Man Who Built Boxes run the whole gamut from painful to absurd to pure joy and comedy. . . . This is a writer you’ll want to know, writing a life you’ll be happy you’ve lived in for a while,” - Jack B. Bedell, author of Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems and director of Louisiana Literature Press.

“Each story is a minor masterpiece of the writer's craft. The totality of this outstanding collection, while thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, is also thoughtful and thought-provoking and while works of fiction, resonate with real life experiences of us all. "The Man Who Built Boxes And Other Stories" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.” Midwest Book Review

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About the Author

Frank Tavares has been writing his entire professional life but only began publishing fiction in the mid-2000s. Carving out time before daylight, he’s written more than a dozen short stories that have been published in a variety of literary journals including Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Story Quarterly, and The GW Review. In his day job, Frank is a professor of communication at Southern Connecticut State University. He is also one of the founding editors and active member of the editorial board of The Journal of Radio and Audio Media. For many years, he's also been known to listeners of National Public Radio as “The Voice of NPR.” Frank is just completing his first novel. An excerpt from Digging Up Mr. Bradley can be found in this collection.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2021 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988877953
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bacon Press Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9XUQFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing stories about real people September 10, 2013
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I feel I've come to know Frank Tavares over the years as the voice of National Public Radio's funding credits, so I was delighted when I received his new book The Man Who Built Boxes as a gift. It may be a cliché by now to say this, but Frank Tavares really is a terrific storyteller; like someone surrounded by folks at a party or the person sitting next to you on an airplane who keeps you totally enthralled during the entire flight. In many ways, you probably know the people and situations he writes about. Indeed, you may even find parts of yourself among them. Even so, they are bound to surprise you; which makes it so enjoyable to read about them. In fact, I can think of only one thing that would be better than reading The Man Who Built Boxes, and that would be having Frank Tavares tell these tales in person.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar and Strange October 20, 2013
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The Man Who Built Boxes is a fascinating collection--full of desperate men and determined women who seem familiar to us as our neighbors and who surprise us with their obsessions, their stories, and their capacity for folly. They act on impulse. A man shoots his neighbors inflateable Santa on a Motorcycle,having gunned down the Snowman and Christmas Tree-admit it, haven't we all had the urge. A woman walks away from her life-just leaves her job for lunch break and keeps going. There are elements of James Cain, John Cheever, and Richard Russo in these stories. Suburban cinema noir with unexpected moments of grace.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary look in to the ordinary... December 14, 2013
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These stories take the reader just over the edge; illuminating the dark places that exist in even the most mundane of us. Compelling and disturbing at times, it provides an eerie look in to the recesses of us all...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! December 13, 2013
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Very compelling short stories, beautifully conceived. Very happy to discover Mr. Tavares! Perfect size bedside reading or for bite-size enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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You get what you pay for. It was almost free and maybe it was on the NPR booklist? I don't remember. I don't like it.

It's edited well. The syntax is good. I read halfway. Then stopped. I don't have time for things that make me feel worse. Reality is real enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful January 20, 2014
By Cass B
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I love this book. It's reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates in it's style and mood. It's not often someone find the perfect balance to make a short story work. Frank Tavares has done it in every story here. Fabulous contribution to a underappreciated genre
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing short stories June 24, 2014
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I'm not usually a fan of short stories because I usually end them feeling dissatisfied. However, most of Mr. Tavares' stories in this collection were intriguing and I didn't feel disappointed when I finished reading them. And, sometimes short stories all have a common theme but these were very diverse, which piqued my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent collection of short stories June 10, 2014
By Shannon
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If you like short stories this is one of the best collections I have read. The plots are intriguing, the characters are well-developed and the writing is concise. When the stories you will find yourself wishing they would go on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic and addictive.
Each story drew me in. And when I was done with one, I could hardly wait to get on to the next. My only complaint is that the book ended.
Published 11 days ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fun and eclectic bunch of short stories.
Published 14 days ago by jujulecouer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the world of Frank Tavares, if only briefly, and find out how...
You may know OR you may be The Man who Built Boxes. You may be Jimmy Mendoza but if you are reading this you are NOT the Late Tamale Jones. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jay Mancini
3.0 out of 5 stars which I liked. Still
I started reading this book on a whim. I saw it in the Kindle library, realized it was a short story collection written by the NPR voice guy, and decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carina Rodrigues
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Colection of Stories
Good well written collection of short stories.
Published 2 months ago by Lambert McLaurin
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the writing style
I like the writing style. Some of the stories left me hanging and wishing for a longer story. I guess that's good news for the author.
Published 2 months ago by James M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK
Published 4 months ago by bob cruise
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable collection!
I very much enjoyed this collection of short stories. There were some very twisty storylines....many of the endings surprised me. Some were very thought provoking. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Naomi Benell
2.0 out of 5 stars I found only 2 stories in the collection that I ...
I found only 2 stories in the collection that I felt were interesting. The author should consider another medium. Short stories is not his forte.
Published 6 months ago by Larry Kempf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and quirky.
Fascinating and quirky group of stories each with a twist. ENJOY!
Published 6 months ago by J. Duren
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More About the Author

If you're an NPR listener, then you already know Frank Tavares. For many years, he's been called "The Most Heard Voice" on public radio. Listeners across the country have heard him dozens of times a day as the man who says "Support for NPR comes from NPR member stations and . . . .", announcing the funding credits after every national news and information program. Frank has been writing his entire professional life. He started publishing fiction 10 years ago and his short stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals including Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Story Quarterly, and The GW Review.

He is a professor of communication at Southern Connecticut State University. He is also one of the founding editors and active member of the editorial board of The Journal of Radio and Audio Media.

He lives in Connecticut, where you can find him most mornings, up before dawn, writing fiction.

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