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Creatures of Habit : Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback) - Jill McCorkle

Creatures of Habit

Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 28th March 2003
ISBN: 9781565123977
Number Of Pages: 256

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Jill McCorkle's new collection of twelve short stories is peopled with characters brilliantly like us-flawed, clueless, endearing. These stories are also animaled with all manner of mammal, bird, fish, reptile-also flawed and endearing. She asks, what don't humans share with the so-called lesser species? Looking for the answer, she takes us back to her fictional home town of Fulton, North Carolina, to meet a broad range of characters facing up to the double-edged sword life offers hominids. The insight with which McCorkle tells their stories crackles with wit, but also with a deeper-and more forgiving-wisdom than ever before. In Billy Goats, Fulton's herd of seventh graders cruises the summer nights, peeking into parked cars, maddening the town madman. In Monkeys, a widow holds her husband's beloved spider monkey close along with his deepest secrets. In Dogs, a single mother who works for a veterinarian compares him-unfavorably-with his patients. In Snakes, a seasoned wife sees what might have been a snake in the grass and decides to step over it. And, in the exquisite final story, Fish, a grieving daughter remembers her father's empathy for the ugliest of all fishes. The success behind Jill McCorkle's short stories-and her novels-is, as one reviewer noted, her skill as an archaeologist of the absurd, an expert at excavating and examining the comedy of daily life (Richmond Times-Dispatch). Yes, and also the tragedy.

"With dark humor that effervesces, these stories take as their overt theme the animalness of human behavior."

ISBN: 9781565123977
ISBN-10: 1565123972
Series: Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th March 2003
Publisher: Shannon Ravenel Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.88 x 12.7  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.23

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