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About Bob Thurber
Over the years Bob Thurber's work has received a long list of awards and honors, and been anthologized over 60 times. His "lean, tight prose" and straightforward stories have been praised as "authentic and have enormous verisimilitude. No false notes," and leads one to "undiscovered corners of the human heart."
- Born in 1955 and raised in abject poverty, Bob graduated high school by the skin of his teeth, then spent the next twenty years working menial jobs while teaching himself to write. During that long apprenticeship, he worked at writing nearly every day without submitting his work for publication.
- Since then, his stories have appeared in numerous print magazines, including Esquire, and received a long list of awards, including The Marjory Bartlett Sanger Award, The Meridian Editors' Prize, and The Barry Hannah Fiction Prize. Several selections have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
- A recognized "pioneer in the Micro and Flash crafts" and considered a "grand master" of the form, his stories are frequently utilized in schools and universities in the US and abroad as teaching tools and examples of concise prose.
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This collection is packed with rewarding reads, and a number of prizewinning gems worth studying for their voice, their tickle and their ache; there's a healthy mix of emotional precision, subtle insight and ambiguous dark humor. What you discover in these hard-hitting, unapologetic prose pieces is how challenging it is to craft and refine impactful small fictions.
50 short, concise stories from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Fine examples of powerful prose in a small space.
Many of these "small fictions" were written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published. A number of the selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan of micro-fiction and flash fiction, you'll appreciate these sharply written, miniature creations from a "masterful wordsmith."
Thurber's haunting and memorable first novel about two teenagers struggling to survive through the summer of 1969, the year of the first moon landing, and the end of the turbulent sixties, is a touching and intriguing story that knocks you back on your heels. The writing is sharp and the voice of Jack, the paperboy, is engaging and genuine. This book could be used to spark discussions on any number of issues relating to violence, abuse and manipulation in dysfunctional families.
What's most unsettling is you know this story. You knew these people. And after reading Paperboy, you'll understand why these children never looked you in the eye and pleaded for help, for mercy, for anything.PAPERBOY is a display of endurance, and a document of an era. Once you've met Jack and Kelly, you'll not soon forget them.Their story is a psychodrama that will leave you breathless!With bitesize chapters that are short stories in themselves, you'll find yourself turning the pages for one more bite.
At times, despite the intensely serious subject matter, the novel is darkly humorous. An insightful portrayal of a brother and sister during the final summer of 1969 when the entire nation is waiting for the United States to win the space race and land a man on the moon. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Jack Fisher--malnourished and battered, abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, manipulated by his older sister, harangued by his boss, and shortchanged by customers--is delivering newspapers in downtown Pawtucket and trying to keep his family from self-destructing completely. As the whole world holds its breath to see what will become of the Apollo 11 astronauts, Jack clings to his daily mantra, "Things will get better." But in this poignant novel by award-winning short story writer Bob Thurber, things do not get better; they get drastically worse, at space-age speed.
For a collection of sweet, savoury, and surprising tastes along the way, lift the lid on a basket of flash fiction by the devastatingly succinct Bob Thurber.
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