Flying Leap by Judy Budnitz

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These shocking, brilliant, and ultimately beautiful stories chronicle the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Each tale is laced with enough wit, humor, and imagination to keep the reader constantly amazed. From the young son persuaded to donate his heart to his dying mother, to the girl who befriends a man in a dog suit in post-apocolyptic suburbia, to the man and woman conducting a love affair across a park bench, these characters delight and dazzle.


About Judy Budnitz

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Judy Budnitz’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Story, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, and McSweeney’s, and she is the recipient of an O. Henry Award. Flying Leap was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998. Budnitz is also the author of the novel If I Told You Once, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in the United States and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the United Kingdom. She lives in San Francisco.  From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published November 15, 1998 by Picador. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 The title is apt; this nimble debut collection of 23 stories takes a variety of chances, impressing by its audacity and originality.

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Budnitz dances with the macabre in this daring collection of 23 short stories, each a miniature universe with its own quirky rules, comic and disquieting. At her best, Budnitz, a cartoonist for the Vi

Feb 02 1998 | Read Full Review of Flying Leap: Stories

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