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The Isle of Youth: Stories by [van den Berg, Laura]
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: In her second short story collection, The Isle of Youth, Laura van den Berg plays frequently with readers' expectations. She surprises and delights with her gift for language and tone. If there's a cohesive bond between these seven stories, it's the women who inhabit them, all of whom are in search of something: luck, love, loved ones. Like all great short story collections, Isle is as much about interior landscapes as they are exterior ones. The centerpiece of the book is "Antarctica," about a woman who travels to the Antarctic Peninsula to recover the bones of her dead brother. It's in the frigid topography of the southernmost tip of the world that we discover a haunted secret, one that reveals a heartbreaking meditation on the weight of grief. --Kevin Nguyen

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In strange and overwhelming locales—swampy Florida, bleaker-than-bleak Antarctica, and a curious South American waterfall—van den Berg (What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, 2009) explores the lonely, triumphant sorrow of love and family in this new collection. A mother-daughter magician duo isn’t coming close to filling their Hollywood, Florida, shows, so teen Crystal charms wallets out of men at the bar afterward. A band of young cousins, robbing banks in an exultant escape from the “freedom” of their home-schooled, off-the-grid upbringing, attempts to float just above the law, while a couple of nonlicensed PI sisters grasp at their position questionably under it. In the squirming, electric title story, a woman impersonates her twin sister as a favor, with vertiginous results. Van den Berg sends her characters along the undulations of extraordinary familial relationships—navigating their understood strength and, at the same time, arbitrariness—and gathers their piercingly true, hauntingly single voices in this memorable collection. --Annie Bostrom

Product details

  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Originals (November 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQY9F36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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