The Hotel Eden by Ron Carlson

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Prepare to be amused, moved, disturbed. These stories by a master of idiosyncrasy visit a world where wit has heft, charm has shadow, and human beings act out all the complicated nuances of love.

In the title story, a young man waiting in the Hotel Eden discovers—as others have—that Eden is not a permanent domicile. In "Zanduce at Second," a baseball player turned killer-by-accident undergoes a surprising transformation. We root for escaped felon Ray (“A Note on the Type”) as he carves his name on a culvert wall. We drive the sweltering summer streets of Phoenix as a nineteen-year-old narrator goes through an unsettling sexual awakening ("Oxygen"). In these and other stories, whether his characters are getting sabotaged by nightcaps or encountering nudists on a rafting trip, Carlson takes us to new places in a new way.

About Ron Carlson

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Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in "The New Yorker", "Harper's, Esquire, Playboy", and other magazines.
Published May 17, 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And many are dominated by attention-getting specifics that are at best incidental to the story's main thrust--like the glorious funny- sleazy description of a wrestling show (``Mack's Mat Matches'') in ``Dr. Smile,'' or the amusing account of a seduction in ``Nightcap,'' which doesn't fit very we...

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Toward the end of ""Keith,"" the second story of the dozen in this funny and poignant collection, one character implores another: ""Make something up."" It's a brief moment, but a telling one.

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A- Originally posted Jul 11, 1997 Published in issue #387 Jul 11, 1997 Order article reprints

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