Corpus Christi: Stories by Bret Anthony Johnson

By Bret Anthony Johnson

From an acclaimed and award-winning younger author comes an intensely relocating debut assortment set within the eye of life's storms. In Corpus Christi, Texas--a city frequently hit by way of hurricanes-- mom and dad, young ones, and fanatics come jointly and crumble, bonded and battered through thoughts of loss that they suppose as acutely as actual discomfort.

A motor vehicle coincidence joins strangers associated by way of an intimate wisdom of insanity. A teenage boy recalls his father's act of unexpected and self-righteous violence. A "hurricane party" reunites a pair whom tragedy parted. And, in an unforgettable three-story cycle, an disorder units in profound aid a man's dating together with his mom and the bizarre, moving constancy of fact to love.

Told in clean, lyrical voices and taut, artistic types, those narratives discover the advanced volatility of affection and intimacy, sorrow and renewal--and disclose how usually those stories suppose just like the contrary of themselves. From the girl whose younger son's uncanny rapport with snakes illuminates her personal overlooked possibilities to the fellow confronting his spouse and her lover in a home filled with unlawful unique birds, the entire characters the following face moments of profound selection and popularity during which no selection is obviously or thoroughly right.

Writing with tricky humor, deep humanity, and a prepared eye for the common setting, Bret Anthony Johnston creates a global the place the place cataclysmic occasions reduce humans free from their "regular lives, floating and spiraling clear of the place we have been the day before." Corpus Christi is a terribly formidable debut. It marks the arriving of an immense, exquisitely gifted voice to American fiction.

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