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The King of Limbo and Other Stories (Sewanee Writers' Series) Hardcover – November 12, 2001
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Harun is a witty, sure-handed writer whose work shines with real originality. -- Baltimore Sun
Harun's tales occupy an alluringly dark dimension, one that is both mystical and also eminently recognizable. -- New York Newsday
The stories in Adrianne Harun's debut collection "The King of Limbo" sparkle like expertly cut gems. -- The Denver Post
These uprooted lives read like dreamscapes spun from fierce realities, in prose radiating intelligence, panache, and wild humor. -- O--The Oprah Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
I suspect we will be seeing great things from this writer for some time to come.
In this compilation of ten (20-or-so-paged) short stories, Harun provides deliberate outlooks from vastly contrasted characters and secondary characters. She captures the roles of a Nigerian exchange student and the troubled girl he perceives to be under the grips of an evil juju spell; a woman who has lost a child and the elderly couple whose house she drunkenly plows her car into; and in the title story, a six-year-old boy, his mother, and the same Nigerian exchange student -- only now, he's all grown up. In these brilliantly detailed vignettes, Harun lends her readers a pattern (which is sometimes formulaic, but nonetheless satisfying) of a rich anecdote or situation infused with cryptic feeling descriptions, followed by an explanation of such emotions, and then finished with a drastic -- or at least surprising -- concluding character action.
The best model of such development is in the book's first story, Lukudi. Natife, the aforementioned Nigerian exchange student, is working with a local girl as an extra credit project. He "pedal[s] hard on...[a] borrowed mountain bike..." down the street heading towards the stable at which she lives, to meet with her for the sixth of their peer counseling meetings. Natife is described as, "resplendent...this tall young man in a silky fuschia tracksuit." When meets Ally, the troubled girl that he has taken a friendly liking to, the reader can clearly see the images and events unfolding; but it is only after information of both character's pasts are revealed that the real issues of the story become apparent.Read more ›
kind you want to reread in case you missed something. It is a
neat book to put on your overnight guest's night table and the kind you want to recommend to others. Hat's off to this author;
she is not a run of the mill writer and has offered us stories
that are exciting and enjoyable.