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About the Author

Scott McClanahan is the author of STORIES and STORIES II (published by Six Gallery Press). He lives and works in West Virginia. You can watch the films of Holler Presents at hollerpresents.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Holler Presents; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983258961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983258964
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. S. Atkinson on July 4, 2013
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I love the sense of magic I get when I read McClanahan's prose. I don't mean magic as in magical happenings, but something more like a sense of wonder that is often blended with sadness and tenderness. I'm probably just babbling, but it's what I think. In any event, these are some great stories.
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scott mcclanahan's writing reminds me of the late great larry brown's short stories. if you liked 'big bad love' or 'facing the music' then you'll probably like this book as well. every one of the stories in 'Stories V' is a dark, funny, blue collar masterpiece.. i can't recommend this book highly enough. i wish he'd release his early stories in kindle format so i could read those as well. thanks for writing, scott. "the world needs stories." tobias wolff wrote that.
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Scott McClanahan--with an economy of words rarely utilize by younger authors--has produced a great little collection of stories. These short passages all feel honest even when unlikely (sometimes surreal) events are being presented. McClahan makes excellent use of surreal devices and an enviable level verisimilitude--often in the same story.

This is the first of McClanahan's work that I have read, and I did so because of the low price (free to borrow from Prime members and very cheap to buy for Kindle) of this collection and his upcoming appearance at Literary Death Match in Washington, DC. I will definitely be back for more. Fiction authors who produce literary work that is so relatable and so rooted in the less explored corners of society (the working class, decidedly not urbane) are hard to come by. I would compare McClanahan to Steve Almond, but there are sadly few well known authors to compare him with. McClanahan's alter ego could have embraced and reveled in the rough edges of society like Bukowski, but his character's softer edges give us a protagonist that is original and easier to relate to and root for, even when he's stealing a dirt bike. The only drawback is how quickly this collection reads, leaving you wanting more confessions, more weird tales of Rainelle, West Virginia and Razy's brood.

I look forward to seeing McClanahan's self deprecating wit and penchant for truth and confession on display in person and reading his other collections in the very near future.
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I get a similar feeling at the end of every Scott McClanahan book. With a big smile, I realize that an entire book has flowed through me before I even realized it. Truly great storytelling, this is deceptive in it's simplicity. His writing seems so effortless. I would recommend any of his books.
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I enjoyed these short stories. Having already read Crapalachia I know the full extent of McClanahan's talent but these stories show you how he was developing as a writer and honing his skills. Good stuff if you're a fan. But definitely go read Crapalachia now.
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This a collection of fine stories, mostly funny, some more serious. I especially liked the one concerning college terrorists and the one about the tomcat. Scott McClanahan displays a real feel for his region--West Virginia. His sense of humor is boundless, and he has a deft touch at character building. What dialogue is here tends to be spot-on. Humor seems to be is specialty.
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McClanahan's voice & stories are strong, plain spoken, and remarkable. There is comedy, there is sadness, there is contemplative food for thought.
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