A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories by Ron Carlson

By Ron Carlson

"These tales are choked with surprises, jolts, and lightning moves of popularity. Do your self a desire and browse Ron Carlson."—Stephen King
Ron Carlson's tales come at us from all instructions. occasionally depraved or bittersweet, usually zany, they're wealthy with a well-deserved hopefulness usually absent in modern fiction. during this beneficiant collecting from collections now not on hand, longtime fanatics and new readers alike can delight in the advance of a grasp of idiosyncrasy.

In "Blazo" and different both poignant stories, women and men are challenged whilst issues don't determine as anticipated. different tales care for superb transformations—for a baseball participant grew to become killer-by-accident, for a nineteen-year-old who stories an unsettling sexual awakening. here's a guy accusing Bigfoot of stealing his spouse, by means of Bigfoot's incomparable reaction. no longer least of the treasures is "The H highway Sledding Record," a narrative excellent for family members vacation interpreting, within which a tender father "creates" the magic of Santa by means of throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve.

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That’s much better. It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it? ” She digs into her pocket, pulls out a pile of cash, and presses it into Elaine’s hands. “Buy yourself a secret something,” she says. ” When her first drink is gone, Elaine makes her a second one and then a third, and by then the crowd is thinning and business is slacking off. The sky is getting dark, and it looks like rain. Paul temporarily patches the hole in the living room wall with pieces of plastic. A police car comes by and closes down the sale, threatening to ticket Elaine for littering or loitering, she’s not sure which.

Paul shakes the woman’s hand. ” She is his Mrs. Apple, his biweekly afternoon entertainment. They met at one of Sammy’s soccer games; Elaine was down with the flu, and Nate’s father was at a meeting in Minneapolis. Together they took the children to the McDonald’s drive-thru and then sat in the parking lot, talking between their rolled-down windows for MUSIC FOR TORCHING an hour and a half, before making a date for the following Saturday. That was ten months ago, and as far as Paul can tell, Elaine doesn’t have a clue.

The ground is damp, soggy. With every step there is a thick sucking sound. Their feet sink in. The charred, curdled smell of something gone awry hangs in the air. “Burnt toast,” Elaine says. “Barbecue,” the cop says, and again they are quiet. The back of the house is black, the stone scorched. Ten feet above their heads the dining room window is blown out, the frame torn from the house. “This is the worst of it,” the cop says. Elaine sees the grill on the ground, spilled onto its side, the debris of what earlier in the evening seemed so promising lies there like rot.

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