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Paper Lantern

Love Stories

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Description

A new collection of short stories by a master of the form with a common focus on the turmoils of romantic love

Ready!
Aim!
On command the firing squad aims at the man backed against a full-length mirror. The mirror once hung in a bedroom, but now it's cracked and propped against a dumpster in an alley. The condemned man has refused the customary last cigarette but accepted as a hood the black slip that was carelessly tossed over a corner of the mirror's frame. The slip still smells faintly of a familiar fragrance.
So begins "Tosca," the first in this vivid collection of Stuart Dybek's love stories. Operatically dramatic and intimately lyrical, grittily urban and impressionistically natural, the varied fictions in Paper Lantern all focus on the turmoil of love as only Dybek can portray it. An execution triggers the recollection of a theatrical romance; then a social worker falls for his own client; and lovers part as giddily, perhaps as hopelessly, as a kid trying to hang on to a boisterous kite. A flaming laboratory evokes a steamy midnight drive across terrain both familiar and strange, and an eerily ringing phone becomes the telltale signature of a dark betrayal. Each story is marked with contagious desire, spontaneous revelation, and, ultimately, resigned courage. As one woman whispers when she sets a notebook filled with her sketches drifting out to sea, "Someone will find you."
Some of Dybek's characters recur in these stories, while others appear only briefly. Throughout, they—and we—are confronted with vaguely familiar scents and images, reminiscent of love but strangely disconcerting, so that we might wonder whether we are looking in a mirror or down the barrel of a gun. "After the ragged discharge," Dybek writes, "when the smoke has cleared, who will be left standing and who will be shattered into shards?" Paper Lantern brims with the intoxicating elixirs known to every love-struck, lovelorn heart, and it marks the magnificent return of one of America's most important fiction writers at the height of his powers.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2014 – Deception and desire drive the love-crossed characters of Dybek’s (I Sailed With Magellan) aptly titled collection of stories. Like much of his previous work, most of these stories—while not explicitly connected—are set in Chicago and circle similar core themes. The coast is a place of reflection and renewal for a boy with a homemade kite in “Blowing Shades,” and for a caseworker awaiting a giant wave on Lake Michigan in “Seiche.” Other stories focus on brief but passionate relationships. “Waiting” tells of a tryst between a poet consumed with the idea of “waiting” in Hemingway and a Hyde Park graduate student in love with a compulsive collector. “Four Deuces,” the longest story in the collection, is a monologue spoken by a woman to a painter at a bar she used to own. Full of energy and spite, she tells of how she bought the bar after a lucky streak at the horse track, and of how her gambling, layabout boyfriend eventually lost it: “I was too goddamn dumb to tell the difference between love and superstition.” The next story, “The Caller,” is written from the perspective of the same painter. A phone rings endlessly in his empty apartment, his walls spray painted with portraits of his many lovers, all of them trying to call after his sudden disappearance. Employing a range of voices that pulse with intensity, this collection delves into the gray areas of love.
Paper Lantern
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Jun 03, 2014
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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