Sightings by B.J. Hollars
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...it manages to tell the well-worn story freshly by adopting a journalistic, third person perspective stripped of emotion. It is shocking and evocative.
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B. J. Hollars’s debut short story collection offers ten thematically linked tales, all of which are out to subvert conventional notions of the Midwestern coming-of-age story. The stories feature an assemblage of Bigfoot believers, Civil War reenactors, misidentified Eskimos, and grief-stricken clowns, among other outcasts incapable of finding a place in their worlds. In these marvelous stories, we can join a family on a very 21st-century trip along the Oregon Trail, watch as a boy builds a brother from a vacuum cleaner, follow a sandlot baseball team as it struggles to overcome an invasion by its Native American neighbors, and experience how a high school basketball squad takes to Sasquatch roaming its court. This genre-bending collection charts a bizarre pathway through the thickets of life on the road to adulthood. Pushing the limits of realism, these stories capture the peculiar rites of passage of growing up Midwestern.

 

About B.J. Hollars

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B. J. Hollars is author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa. He is editor of You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside the Story, Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings, and Blurring the Boundaries: Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
 
Published March 25, 2013 by Indiana University Press. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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...it manages to tell the well-worn story freshly by adopting a journalistic, third person perspective stripped of emotion. It is shocking and evocative.

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