- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press; First Edition edition (November 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870745158
- ISBN-13: 978-0870745157
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,805,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Wont Remember This: Stories Hardcover – November 27, 2015
From Publishers Weekly
Blackwell's debut collection vividly draws on the Southern storytelling tradition in its 12 gentle but unsentimental stories. In "My First Wedding," an unnamed narrator remembers her first peek at the rituals of Southern bridehood when her cousin Augusta married a Yankee. "Heartbeatland" is Anne Tyler territory: Anne and David, transplants to North Carolina who call themselves "the Schoolmaster" and "Princess Annabel," develop sarcastic nicknames for their neighbors, but when David dies, Anne finds herself simultaneously relying on and distrusting the "neigh-boors." Blackwell illustrates her stories with sharp and sometimes unsettling word snapshots: a past-its-prime piñata disgorges "misshapen" candy "mottled with mold"; a miserably pregnant woman plods "around the garden, holding her enormous stomach, her legs like an elephant's." Even "Pepper Hunt," a disturbing five-page story about a divorced man and his daughter meeting in a luncheonette, is a pinpoint novella with fully drawn characters. If Blackwell has one unifying theme, it's how ritual both distances people and enables them to live together. This shrewd collection should appeal to fans of contemporary Southern short story masters like Tim Gautreaux and John Biguenet. (June)
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Engaging characters face the tangles of life—marriage, adultery, malfeasance, aging, pregnancy—in this adroit debut collection. Twelve finely crafted stories, based in the South, are grounded in the ordinary yet clarify nuances with intimate angles. In the standout "Heartbeatland," Anne and her husband have recently moved to North Carolina and come up with sardonic nicknames for people in their new neighborhood. Yet, when an unexpected death occurs, Anne finds that she must rely on their neighbors to come to terms with the tragedy. "What We Do for Love" showcases a delicately involved triangle between Linda, a weaver; Tanner, Linda's best friend from childhood; and Jack, Tanner's husband. Backdropped against a love-crossed murder trial, the underlying relationships simmer with affecting poignancy. In "The Minaret," Miles and Bunny, a husband and wife on vacation in Greece, strike up a relationship with a younger couple that yields a provocative outcome. Although a few stories evince a distancing imbalance, narrative strengths lie in Blackwell's clever perceptions and sharp insight. Strauss, Leah
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I'm a big fan of short stories and I think a good one will linger with you long after you finish the story. Every story made me continue to question what happened to the characters after I read the last word. Most of the stories were insightful and relatable. I felt as if a friend were telling me a story while enjoying a glass of wine. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars was because I'm not sure I would read it again but I did enjoy it tremendously and would highly recommend to a fellow lover of short stories.
This book will not be everyone's cup of tea. Not everyone will enjoy these snippets of life. I didn't "get" a couple of the stories (and that's the only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five). But these stories were so thought-provoking, I may read them again (And I don't 're-read books!). Kudos to Kate Blackwell for such well-crafted stories!