A Stranger in This World by Kevin Canty
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In the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, the stories in this collection explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is.
 

About Kevin Canty

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KEVIN CANTY is the award-winning author of the short story collection A Stranger in This World and the novels Into the Great Wide Open and Nine Below Zero. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Details, Story, the New York Times Magazine, and Glimmer Train. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published November 7, 2012 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In nice, quiet suburbia, a 15-year-old boy becomes sexually obsessed with his older, retarded neighbor in ``Pretty Judy.'' In ``Blue Boy,'' a teenage lifeguard's longing for one of the older patrons of a rich country club ends in confusion and near-tragedy.

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In fact, Canty's attention to the outward appearance of things is at the forefront of these pieces: of a young retarded woman in ``Judy,'' he says ``Everything she felt was on her face.'' Of Tina, in ``The Victim,'' the narrator observes, ``She scribbled on this emptiness herself: eleven earrings...

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Kenny Kolodny's first love at 17 makes for a haunting bildungsroman.

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A Stranger in This World Kevin Canty (Doubleday, $20) This book is a darkly nuanced, exquisite first collection of stories by a young author whose genial jacket photo belies his abject take on the human condition.

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