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Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
by Ben Loory

Published: 2011-07-26
Paperback : 224 pages
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"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is that rare find--a book that excites the reader. These tales are hilarious and vertiginous in the calmly absurd manner of Lydia Davis, Jack Handey and Etgar Keret. With his first book, Ben Loory proves he's already a master of the sleight of ...
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"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is that rare find--a book that excites the reader. These tales are hilarious and vertiginous in the calmly absurd manner of Lydia Davis, Jack Handey and Etgar Keret. With his first book, Ben Loory proves he's already a master of the sleight of hand." -Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying

Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people--and monsters and trees and jocular octopi--who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all. In this singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.

Contains the story "The Duck," as heard on NPR's This American Life, and "The TV," as published in The New Yorker.

"This guy can write!" -Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451

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by [email protected] (see profile) 06/29/19
This is not a book that can or should be read in one sitting. It takes time to think about the lesson for each story --reading them serially takes away from thinking through themes and virtues. We would also recommend reading aloud, ad lib.

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  "Allegories and Fables for Adults"by [email protected] (see profile) 06/29/19

Loory took a workshop in writing horror, and this is what evolved. The book is a compilation of short stories based in dreams and fantasies - some scary, some heartrending, and all mysterious. Our club... (read more)

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