Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser

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Thirteen darkly comic stories, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey that stretches the boundaries of the ordinary world.


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About Steven Millhauser

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Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dressler, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and, most recently, Dangerous Laughter, a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Vintage. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Among the highlights in the section entitled “Vanishing Acts” is “The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman,” which concerns the guilty narrator’s regret for his unintentional part in what caused the “vanishing” of a mousy, withdrawn high-school classmate, and the title story, which details the creatio...

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“The fleeing mouse snatches a glance over his shoulder, and when he looks forward again he sees the floor lamp coming closer and closer. Impossible to stop — at the last moment he splits in half and rejoins himself on the other side.”

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every Monopoly piece and badminton racket.” There are, he brags, “assistants who count the needles of every fir tree and the specks of mica in every roof shingle.” The narrator argues that “the sun glinting on a piece of cellophane lying in a patch of roadside weeds speaks more eloquently than th...

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BC Books

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Each of the last three carries echoes of the idea that dreams — and even what we perceive as reality — may at times be hollow or illusion, a concept explored in Millhauser's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer.

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BC Books

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A number of the characters in the short stories that comprise Steven Millhauser's Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories don't look at others straight on or are even hidden in darkness.

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AV Club

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In one of the pocket universes visited in Dangerous Laughter, a new short-story collection from Steven Millhauser, the historical society of a small New England town radically redefines its mission.

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Bookmarks Magazine

David Rollow New York Times Book Review 4.5 of 5 Stars "The 13 terrific stories in Dangerous Laughter reintroduce us to this strange realm, last glimpsed five years ago in Millhauser’s previous collection, The King in the Tree.

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Oprah.com

She's gone from the embarrassment of The Flying Nun to the triumph of Brothers & Sisters.

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Austin Chronicle

So perhaps it's true, after all, that when we visit the other town we aren't escaping from our town, as some say, but entering it at last."

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Campus Circle

As in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Martin Dressler, the 13 stories in Steven Millhauser’s new collection show the fantastic possibilities of the real world.

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Curtis Brown

and a group of teenagers play a treacherous game that pushes them deep into “the kingdom of forbidden things.” Excess reigns in the vivid, haunting places of Part two’s “Impossible Architectures,” where domes enclose whole cities, and a king’s master miniaturist creates objects so tiny that soo...

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