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A Kind of Flying

Carlson's collection includes stories from three of his collections.

Ron Carlson’s collection includes stories from three of his collections.

Ron Carlson’s stories come at us from all directions. Sometimes wicked or bittersweet, often zany, they are rich with a hard-earned hopefulness frequently absent in contemporary fiction. In A Kind of Flying, his generous gathering from collections no longer available, longtime fans and new readers alike can savor the development of a master of idiosyncrasy.

In “Blazo” and other equally poignant tales, men and women are challenged when things don’t work out as expected. Other stories deal with surprising transformations―for a baseball player turned killer-by-accident, for a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening. Here is a man accusing Bigfoot of stealing his wife, followed by Bigfoot’s incomparable response. Not least of the treasures is “The H Street Sledding Record,” a story perfect for family holiday reading, in which a young father “creates” the magic of Santa by throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve.

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