Tabloid Dreams by Robert Olen Butler

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A collection of short stories by the award-winning author of They Whisper features such tales as "Boy Born With Elvis Tatoo,""Titanic Victim Speaks Through Water Bed," and "Woman Uses Glass Eye to Spy on Cheating Husband." 50,000 first printing.

About Robert Olen Butler

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Robert Olen Butler is a novelist, screenwriter, educator, and short-story writer who grew up in Granite City, Illinois. Butler served in Vietnam. Following the Vietnam War, Butler began writing. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The Saturday Review, as well as in four annual editions of the Best American Short Stories and six annual editions of New Stories of the South. A collection of his stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler's novels include The Alleys of Eden, Countrymen of Bones, and Sun Dogs. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Butler also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University.
Published October 1, 1996 by Henry Holt & Co. 203 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What at first seems a blatant device proves instead to be an interesting catalyst: the titles mimic lurid tabloid headlines, but Butler develops such howlers as ""Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover'' and ""Woman Hit by Car Turns into Nymphomaniac'' into eerie or outlandish situations that become funn...

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After winning a Pulitzer Prize for his 1992 short story collection of Vietnam-based stories, A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler followed it up with a collection of a dozen tales, Tabloid Dreams, based upon the sort of headlines ripped from the tabloid weekly newspapers one f...

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In “Woman Uses Glass Eye to Spy on Philandering Husband,” the wife in question has an irritation in her eye socket, forcing her to leave her glass eye at home.

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