Assorted Fire Events by David Means
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Upon its publication, Assorted Fire Events won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and received tremendous critical praise. Ranging across America, taking in a breathtaking array of voices and experiences, this story collection now stands as one of the finest of our time.
 

About David Means

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David Means is the author of "A Quick Kiss of Redemption" and "The Secret Goldfish". His stories have appeared in "The New Yorker", "Harper's", "Esquire", "The O. Henry Prize Stories", and "The Best American Short Stories". He lives in Nyack, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Tahorah” relies on sheer coincidence for the narrative convergence: the deaths of two different patients on the same ward, one a curmudgeonly old truck driver, dying from heart failure, the other a young and beloved daughter of an Israeli immigrant.

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Assorted Fire Events David Means Fourth Estate £10, pp165 David Means begins a story called 'What I Hope For' with the sentence: 'I don't want anyone to die in my stories any more.' It's the seventh, and shortest and most cheerful, story in an unsettling, fiercely felt debut collection, and by th...

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The narrative offers a sensory and mesmerizing experience of fire, expounding on the sound of crackling flames, the look of WWII flamethrowers on film or the ""plot"" of a fire's blaze.

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Entertainment Weekly

A worthy shelf-mate to Denis Johnson and Tobias Wolff, David Means writes dark, sinewy stories set in New York's Hudson Valley and in Michigan.

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London Review of Books

In order to test the ability of the must-be-educated to find the context, examiners clearly study other exam papers and transplant words from one contextless context into another, copying also the (deliberately?) misleading modernised spelling that makes you read the words the wrong way.

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The Paris Review

I keep reading novels that feel, even if they're trying new tricks, like old news, and often resort to cliché to keep moving: out of the corner of his eyes, his heart was pounding in his chest, that kind of thing.

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