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[Barb Johnson] Þ More of This World or Maybe Another [martyrdom PDF] Ebook Epub Download Þ From The Backstreets Of New Orleans To The Rural Gulf Coast This Is The Territory Johnson Mines So Unforgettably In Her Debut Story Collection Filled With Humor And Pathos, With The Nearness And Danger Of Life On The Edge, These Stories Chart The Anxious Inner Moments Of Four Related CharactersJohnson Introduces The Teenage Delia In The Midst Of Working Up The Nerve For A First Kiss And Dooley, Who Drives A Forklift For A Living But Dreams Of A Career In Music That S Been Put On Ice After A Tragic Accident Pudge, An Alcoholic Who Survived A Cruel Childhood With An Abusive Father, Now Hides From His Own Son, Luis And Luis, Raised Without A Father, Concocts A Suitable End For His Mother S Horrible Boyfriend Determined To Save Both Pudge And His Son From An Unhappy End, Johnson S Cast Of Characters Huddles Together At The Local Laundromat, SchemingJohnson S Stories Are Sweet, Messy, And Heart Rending As We Watch Her Characters Through Her Wide Angle Lens, She Makes Us Believe That Life Is Worth Living Even When The Circumstances Say Otherwise Irresistible And Perfect, More of This World or Maybe Another Introduces An original Voice In American Fiction
4 and 1 2 starsIn the tradition of Anderson s Winesburg, Ohio or Joyce s Dubliners, or a recent example, Elizabeth s Strout s Olive Kitteridge this short story collection is linked by setting, character and theme all strong elements here Two of the stories If the Holy Spirit Comes For You and Titty Baby are well nigh perfect, breaking my heart as I read them, so much so that I almost had to look away from the page as I got to each ending The main character in each is a young boy you see both in other stories as grown men, adding to the poignancy of what they ve gone through and will go through and the tone and thoughts of each is so right that I am in awe of Johnson s ability to inhabit each character as she does.
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I set down this book with my ears ringing and my chest aching, everything around me electric and amplified It s really that good This collection is full of gut punching, stunning prose, solid workmanship, and quiet skill Barb Johnson s haunting debut collection follows four characters anchored to a laudromat in New Orleans Delia, who runs the laudromat and her younger brother Dooley Pudge, whose aunt owns the building and Pudge s son Luis, who sleeps in an abandoned car across the street Delia says, There s real trouble in the world The kind that can t be fixed And Johnson does not shy away from this trouble Her characters are set against a backdrop of abuse, addiction, and senseless violence Yet Johnson doesn t wallow in the spectacle of poverty or over simplify or sanitize the ugliness If Johnson shows us the worst we are capable of, s Reading Barb Johnson s debut collection is like catching up on old friends after high school, then after college, then when you re in your late 30s Within the 9 stories that is what we get as we follow four friends in the back streets of New Orleans as they try to deal with life and its discontents.
When readers of short fiction think of the working class and their struggles, they are apt to think of Raymond Carver, whose tales of poverty pinched at the back of your brain with an utter sadness and grittiness While Johnson s stories does follow the disenfranchised and forgotten, the difference is that her stories teeter on hope All of her characters are in the space between giving up, yet not quite The title of the collection captures it all More of This World or Maybe Another or of what we have now or maybe it might change Her characters are hopeful in that way, seeing towards