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" 'Tabloid Dreams' is an unrepeatable feat, a tour de force". - 'The Washington Post Book World'In his second collection, 'Tabloid Dreams', Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler dazzles with his mastery of the short story and his empathy for odd and ostracized denizens of humanity. Using tabloid-headlines as inspiration-"Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis", "Woman Struck by Car Turns into Nymphomaniac", "JFK Secretly Attends Jackie Auction"-Butler moves from the fantastic to the realistic, exploring enduring cultural issues of exile, loss, and aspiration.
The collection begins and ends with stories set on the 'Titanic'-the first takes place while the ship sinks, the last is narrated by a survivor stuck in the Bermuda Triangle. Along the way, we meet a woman who can see through her glass eye when it's removed from its socket, a widow who sets herself on fire after losing a baking competition, a nine-year-old hit man with a roster of murders, and a woman who meets an extraterrestrial in a Walmart parking lot and travels to outer-space on their first date. In 'Tabloid Dreams', Butler weaves a seamless tapestry of high and low culture, of the surreal, sordid, and humorously sad.
|Publish Date:||Mar 2013|
|Number of Pages:||208|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.54|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||8.0 x 5.6 x 0.6|
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