Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider—a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted.

Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both.

 

About Kevin Wilson

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Kevin Wilson is the author of the collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year's Best anthology. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his son, Griff, where he teaches fiction at the University of the South and helps run the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Other stories sensitively document the emotional trials of adolescence: In “Mortal Kombat,” two teenaged boys do battle with their budding, bewildering sexuality, and in “Go, Fight, Win,” a reluctant young cheerleader muses that “sex seemed like chicken pox, inevitable and scarring.” Hints of Sou...

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Things explode in Kevin Wilson’s stories: parents, body parts, cows, emotions, expectations.

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And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted.Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many...

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Extras: For Further Reading - Read some of Wilson’s stories online: “The Museum of Whatnot” in Fifty-Two Stories (also appears in Tunneling…) “The Dead Sister Handbook: “A Guide for Sensitive Boys” in DIAGRAM “Hammer” in Waccamaw “My Hand, Dead Tissue Severed at the Wrist” in Hobart “The Ne...

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