Retribution by John Fulton

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The stories in John Fulton’s striking debut collection are set in cars, laundromats, motels, ranch houses, androadside diners, where his characters struggle with and against the demands of family loyalty, love, loss, andsexual desire. A teenage girl attempts to lose her virginity while her mother dies at home; a middle-aged Casanova passes himself off as Barry Manilow—much to thedistress of his soon-to-be-fourth wife; and two youngboys accompany their increasingly unhinged mother ona journey of self-destruction across the Utah desert.

About John Fulton

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John Fulton lives in Boston, where he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Massachusetts. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed story collection, Retribution.
Published July 6, 2001 by Picador. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s a moving story filled with surprising developments, in which the metaphor of downhill skiing beautifully suggests the core of carelessness and daring that the boy perceives in his father, cannot comprehend, yet blindly, inexplicably emulates.

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The dark side of living in a fractured family is explored in a variety of malevolent and sometimes entertaining ways in this debut story collection.

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There are nice drunks and there are mean drunks, and all the drunks in RETRIBUTION: Stories by John Fulton are nice drunks.

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