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Going Away Shoes by [McCorkle, Jill]

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A lack of narrative distance and interchangeable protagonists sink McCorkle's latest short story collection. The constant barbs aimed at the siblings and the cold-hearted, overmedicated mothers of the parade of ubiquitously decent and forlorn heroines in Another Dimension, Going Away Shoes and Happy Accidents reveal little about either the abusers or the so-called victims. Most of McCorkle's analogies and insights into human nature come from television shows and feel one note, such as when a character in Another Dimension owns Manolos in order to be like Sarah Jessica Parker. Too many of the protagonists are motivated by identical feelings of self-pitying vindictiveness. There is Ann in Another Dimension, whose relationship has soured with her abusive and manipulative brother, Jimmy, as well as Debby in Going Away Shoes, who sacrificed her career to care for a dying mother and spoiled siblings. McCorkle (Creatures of Habit) does manage a few heartfelt descriptions, but the pervasive venom too soon becomes toxic. (Sept.)
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"McCorkle is an expert at engineering catharsis through good salty rants, but the best thing about these stories is the sense of romance and wonder in long-overdue journeys of self-discovery." --New York Times Book Review
(The New York Times Book Review )

"[A] remarkable collection . . . Bold and addictive, Going Away Shoes is a find." --People
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"There are writers who seem to write it like it is--the quietness of their characters is not exaggerated, nor is their drama. They could live down the street or in the next apartment. Jayne Anne Phillips, Antonia Nelson--these are writers whose characters have no special aura, no golden ticket. Jill McCorkle's characters are like this." --Los Angeles Times
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"McCorkle's latest book gives us 11 reasons to smile . . . 11 cheerfully furious stories about women who have come to a screeching halt in their pursuit of happiness . . . The joy of reading and rereading each of these marvelous stories is to discover the truths encoded into each step of every hard-won journey--and to find ourselves along the way." --Atlanta Journal Constitution
(Atlanta Journal Constitution )

"The stories are small tributes to tenacity and spirit and choice--even when that choice is simply to keep putting one foot in front of the other." --Miami Herald
(Miami Herald )

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  • File Size: 1486 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BLIH04
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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