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The Last Wilkie's  : And Other Stories - Jon Steiner

The Last Wilkie's

And Other Stories

By: Jon Steiner

Paperback | 1 November 2015

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This is, at first glance, a quite disparate collection of stories. The settings range from New York to Texas to San Francisco to Sydney, even Malaysia and Lismore. The characters vary in age from three years old in ‘Rights of Man’ to nonagenarians in ‘Shady Oaks.’

And yet this varied assemblage of work is unified by a few core themes: the search for one’s place in the world, failed attempts to connect with other people, and lofty aspirations not acted upon.

About the Author

Jon grew up in Washington, D.C. He went to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Film. After a few years in Texas and a few years in New York City, he migrated to Australia in 2000. In 2008, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney. He lives in the Sydney suburb of Tempe with his wife and daughter.
Industry Reviews
The Last Wilkie's and Other Stories is a quirky collection of short stories that are by turns funny, dark and troubling. Some are only a few sentences long; others span 10-15 pages. All are effortless to read and laced with a quick, sardonic wit that pokes fun at the life narratives we so earnestly attempt to create. In 'Jungle Train', Steiner articulates a modern relationship nightmare-the narrator is stuck on a stuffy foreign train with a sullen girlfriend, her silently judging parents and no snacks-yet somehow she manages to triumph. In 'Rights of Man', a temper tantrum is narrated from the perspective of the toddler in absurdly formal and amusingly inadequate language. 'Summit' is a more poignant and serious story about the doomed trajectory of a relationship, while 'Open for Inspection' and 'Gecko' resonate with a deep sadness about the passing of things. The term 'quirky' is often used in a dismissive way, yet neatly describes how Steiner's stories combine emotional clout with comic relief. Steiner's work has previously appeared in the UTS Writers' Anthology and two Spineless Wonders publications, and he is clearly a writer who delights in approaching the short story format at new and challenging angles. BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHING

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