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About the Author

Creston Lea was born in New Hampshire in 1971. His stories have appeared in DoubleTake, Open City, and W.W. Norton's 25 and Under: Fiction. He lives in Vermont with his wife and young daughter. There, he builds electric guitars under the name Creston Electric Instruments. WILD PUNCH is his first collection of stories.
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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527406
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will remember Lea's characters long after you've finished Wild Punch. They are authentic, sometimes
down on their luck and life, but getting through their circumstances the best they can. For those that
love northern Vermont and New Hampshire, especially those who just vacation here, read Wild Punch to get
a sense for the every day people that live here. This book is as much about the setting and place, as it is the characters. Great short stories and I'm looking forward to his next book.
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Creston Lea's stories exude the authenticity of a North Country place that the 212ers drive by without a glance on their way to Ben & Jerrys land. His characters, men mostly, disconnected except from their next beer or next odd job, struggle to keep it going, often failing. Life isn't harsh, it's just the way it is. Creston Lea takes you there. You won't forget the journey.
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Creators of one thing can be creators of others. "Wild Punch" is a collection of short stories from Creston Lea, a builder of instruments. An artistic man, he creates stories driven by compelling characters and his themes are strong which inspire much in the way of wisdom. For lovers of short fiction, "Wild Punch" seems to be an ideal pick, and a strong addition to any short fiction collection.
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Yesterday I heard the author read from this book. He did not read all of it, but of what he read, I am reviewing the book.

The plot involved a person falling through the ice of a frozen lake in winter, and then being pulled out by his friends. They make the mistake of not immediately removing his sodden clothing. Instead, they pile other clothes on him. This is a mistake in procedure. If you drag someone out of cold water, and he has heavy winter clothes that are not drenched, you should remove them, since they can continue to drain precious heat out of his body. And then put other, dry clothes around him. Ok, so it's a mistake in the plot. But I can't decide if this was intentional or not. Perhaps the rest of the book goes on about the consequences of the decision.

Aside from that, the author demonstrates technical competence in describing the details of events. From the plot, you can often clearly see in your mind the steps described. If it was just this competence, the book would be fine. The problem is that there are too many steps in the plot that are this detailed. The entire plot is largely a conglomeration of such steps. It's a very mechanistic approach that leads to banality. A more skilled author knows when to focus on what to describe in detail, and when simply to skip. The plot is like a pointillist view of an image; a deconstructionist approach carried too far. Because there is not much interesting left for the reader to gnaw on.
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Creston Lea's stories leave you breathless. In careful and deft prose he brings his characters to life and exposes their emotions, frailties, despair, and sometimes, their redemption. This isn't a wild punch, it's a knockout.
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