Winner of the 2001 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. The characters in Brett Ellen Blockas debut collection of short stories may know their destinations, but they donat always rush to them. From a runaway on an ice cream truck to a down-and-out retiree in a porn shop, they struggle to face both their pasts and their futures. In a series of tightly focused and deftly drawn vignettes, Block explores the detours, potholes, and speed bumps along the road of life. These are stories about people at loose ends in their lives, coming to the realization that they canat always sit back and enjoy the ride. Whether theyare committing petty larceny, moping their way through the winding streets and canals of Venice, or seeking to escape North Carolinaas Outer Banks, Blockas characters are learning to get behind the wheel and take control.By the time we got there, my buddy and I had al- ready seen one woman vomit, two men fist-fighting over a candy bar from the vending machine, and handful of drunken ... aA water heater is about the only thing Ia#39;d be able to fix, a I confessed.
|Author||:||Brett Ellen Block|
|Publisher||:||University of Pittsburgh Press - 2001-10-30|