The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek

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The stolid landscape of Chicago suddenly turns dreamlike and otherworldly in Stuart Dybek's classic story collection. A child's collection of bottle caps becomes the tombstones of a graveyard. A lowly rightfielder's inexplicable death turns him into a martyr to baseball. Strains of Chopin floating down the tenement airshaft are transformed into a mysterious anthem of loss. Combining homely detail and heartbreakingly familiar voices with grand leaps of imagination, The Coast of Chicago is a masterpiece from one of America's most highly regarded writers.


About Stuart Dybek

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Stuart Dybek is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Coast of Chicago and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, as well as a volume of poetry, Brass Knuckles. A professor of English at Western Michigan University, he lives in Kalamazoo.
Published April 3, 2004 by Picador. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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Grounded in the realities of ethnic life in Chicago, Dybek's second collection of stories (Children and Other Neighborhoods, 1980) transcends street-corner sociology for an urban poetry of spirit and myth; his lyrical prose derives its power from his switchblade sharp imagery—as well as a P...

Apr 20 1990 | Read Full Review of The Coast of Chicago: Stories

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These 14 dreamlike stories include ``Nighthawks,'' a man's surreal subway journey inspired by a vision of his dead girlfriend, and ``Blight,'' the tale of a recurring nightmare, in which atomic bombs

Mar 04 1991 | Read Full Review of The Coast of Chicago: Stories

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