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Charactered Pieces: stories by [Ross, Caleb J.]
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[Ross] crafts stories that are powerful, accessible, and unsettling enough to draw the reader in...prompting the imagination to extend the implications long after the final word has been read. --Present Magazine, Pete Dulin

These stories change you, and not just a little bit. Try to forget them, tell yourself they're not true, but it's no use. Whether you want them to or not, they're going with you. --Stephen Graham Jones, author of Ledfeather and Demon Theory

Ross claims that his characters are not drawn from real people and yet these stories--about a jewelry saleswoman with a fetal leg growing out of her belly, a man who drinks the blood of a dead camel, or a budding Holocaust documentarian who dies in a mysterious incident involving a coat hanger--sound eerily similar to my own life. Chances are you'll find yourself in here, too. Wicked, weird, and wonderful. --Tim Hall, author of How America Died

Evoking a novel by Chuck Palahniuk or a film by Darren Aronofsky, Charactered Pieces is a multifarious patchwork of despair. From the misshapen protagonist of the title story to the gruesome climax of "The Camel of Morocco," this collection is among the most profound and disturbing artifacts of our time. --Daniel Casebeer, editor of Pear Noir!

About the Author

Caleb J. Ross has a BA in English Literature and creative writing from Emporia State University. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared widely, both online and in print. He is the author of Charactered Pieces: stories (OW Press), Stranger Will: a novel (Otherworld Publications, 2011), I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin: a novel (Black Coffee Press, 2012), and As a Machine and Parts (Aqueous books, 2011). He is an editor at Outsider Writers Collective and moderates The Velvet Podcast, which gathers writers for round table discussions on literature. Visit his official page at www.calebjross.com, his Twitter feed at @calebjross, his Facebook at facebook.com/rosscaleb and his Google+ at http://bit.ly/CalebGoogle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 192 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: OW Press (November 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FURTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As author Stephen Graham Jones states on the back of the book, these stories are unforgettable. I'll never get that yellow hardhat out of my mind. And now the cover makes sense (read the perverse first story and it will make sense). All in all, a slim but expansive set of stories for those looking for something fresh.
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The stories in Charactered Pieces cover a lot of ground, such as family tension, personal identity, aging, depression, strangers, death...and oh yeah, a fetus-in-fetu. In other words, the hallmarks of good literary fiction.

But wait, there's more. Ross doesn't write dull, self-congratulatory literary fiction. His sentences are lean, stripped of the unnecessary, leaving only words that bring the characters to life.

The characters are wonderfully flawed (as the title suggests), their hopes, joys, fears, and cynicism bubble to the surface between what's said and what's left to the reader's imagination. Whether it's a former demolition worker watching the pillars of the past become forgotten dust or a down-on-his-luck father cleaning up other people's messes in a fast food joint, we feel their pain and frustration and it recalls familiar moments in our own lives. Each character lives in a world that's built by their idiosyncrasies as much as their decisions.

These stories are not so much about overcoming adversity or creating/solving conflict as they are about offering glimpses into other lives, lives that startle and surprise us, but that we ultimately sympathize with. Instead of spoonfeeding morals, Ross does a great job of letting the characters tell the story.

I'm really excited about this new voice in fiction, and I eagerly anticipate his future releases. Thanks to Outsider Writers Press for recognizing this superb talent and publishing the first book of what is sure to be an interesting and successful career.
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Bottom line and up front: Ross has got some serious talent.

That much becomes obvious on the first page and with each successive one. In "Charactered Pieces," Ross plays doctor on the reader, either by tugging on the heart strings or twisting the knife in your gut. Each story has an intended effect, whether it's a nostalic longing or an uncomfortable self-awareness to our flaws, and Ross showcases his ability with succint accuracy and haunting wordplay. These are the kind of stories you think about long after you've read them.

I wait with great anticipation for his next.

Brandon Tietz
-author of "Out of Touch"
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Much like the scratch-n-dent jewelry of the title story's namesake, these flawed characters make their way through the treacherous literary terrain of Ross's imagination, blasted by sandstorms and demolition crews, derided by their families and coworkers, wracked with guilt, and and seeking redemption in the fleeting margins between their text and your thumb. As seen under the cruel magnification of a loupe, these defects are but facets, however, and Ross's sales pitch emphasizes the sentimental value in knowing their complete selves.
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Ross's work is a shining example of great modern literature. His stories all end powerfully and significantly. It is not possible to walk away from a single story in this book without feeling something a little deeper or a little stronger. He is a master of metaphor and characterization. His stories are believable, surreal and truly heart felt all at once and every technique of fiction is used expertly to make them great. Surely, Ross will provide readers with many great stories for years to come. Pick this up.
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