Whiskey, Etc. Paperback – March 15, 2016
Enhance your purchase
Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Sign up now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Queen's Ferry Press (March 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 193846656X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1938466564
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.51 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,818,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book is filled with amazing short shorts that offer surprising twists of phrase, mazes in the minds of characters we get to follow through each small tale—people who see themselves as cool, as slick, or as “squash soup… chopped up and muddled, glowing orange here on the sofa”—and we go, we amble and sprint along, to see where they are, or have been, or will be.
She’s created so many extraordinary and ordinary worlds lined with whiskey, tomatoes heavy on the vine, skittling bugs and mothballs, places where clocks might just run backwards, time is as present as last week, or as distant as those places “back when payphones worked and we bought record albums.” People and animals move around the corners of these stories, rubbing up against our legs. We don’t know what we’ll see outside the screen doors—a past love named Joe, as in a story titled “After,” who could “put together car engines, and later on, in one of those car’s backseats, he could fix a girl so she felt brand new,” or, as in “Screen Door” where “The cat scratches at the door’s screen. I can see her silhouette from the outside in. Always she wants to be where she isn’t.”
Handmade meals and cigarettes and rye and lyrics bleed, smoke, leak, and thump throughout, and the music of her words blends with the references to real tunes—Nirvana plays while neighbors steal a kiss, country songs guide and glide through streets and bars, hard core plays in a Detroit yoga class where, in “Get Up,” the teacher insists he wants his “meditation to rock” for his class—a group of students wearing Metallica and Def Leppard T-shirts and playing air-guitar.
We don’t always understand these characters’ intentions, and their yearnings, but Flick draws them for us in ways that help us to get close enough to feel the ache they feel, as in “All Night Long,” when a woman (whose name we never really get a straight answer on . . . “it’s Rochelle… or Susan”) “puts the key into the ignition and twists. She grimaces as if it’s painful, and she knows, of course, it is. It’s painful starting and stopping. It’s hard only knowing the chorus when some people seem to know the whole song from beginning to end.”
Flick renders stories of lovers, grieving children, growing teenagers, the old and young, gardeners, travelers, men and women who have suffered loves gone right and wrong… people who have hearts “too broken to break.”
I’m just amazed. When I hit the final story, I circled back and started the collection all over again.
There was some parts of the book, certain stories, that I thought were good and interesting. Again, I'm not sure I would have bought this book for just those couple of stories.
I met the author at a reading of some of her short stories, including stuff she had not published yet. I felt that she was very sincere, but slightly on the rough edges. She read with passion and delight. I felt myself nodding along to her, and I understood more of her book when I could hear the stories flow from her own voice.
I think there is some books that are better when read out-loud. Some books are better to ready silently to yourself. And there are some books that are better in the trash. This is a book that is to be acted. Not read.