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  • Title: City of Boys
  • Author: Beth Nugent
  • ISBN: 9780679733515
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in New York City, middle America, the beaches of Florida and rural highways, suburban kitchens, and cross country trains, the ten stories of City of Boys evoke a haunting landscape at once familiar and strange A small town girl flees her domineering mother and falls into an obsessive love affair with an older woman in New York City A sixteen year old envies her cousiSet in New York City, middle America, the beaches of Florida and rural highways, suburban kitchens, and cross country trains, the ten stories of City of Boys evoke a haunting landscape at once familiar and strange A small town girl flees her domineering mother and falls into an obsessive love affair with an older woman in New York City A sixteen year old envies her cousin s sex appeal while avoiding the attentions of her middle aged uncle A brother tries to protect his sister by convincing her never to leave their apartment, but his control is threatened when he takes a new job And there is , in this stunning debut by a masterful new voice in American literature.From the Trade Paperback edition.
    City of Boys Set in New York City middle America the beaches of Florida and rural highways suburban kitchens and cross country trains the ten stories of City of Boys evoke a haunting landscape at once familia

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    1. It took me about eight months to finish this collection, mostly because I read the first six or so stories in one sitting LOVED them and knew that I d never get the chance to read the rest for the first time again So I delayed And I m glad I did, because it s been great to sit with this collection all this time Nugent is a powerhouse Her stories are often vicious and bleak and nihilistic, but they also manage to be occasionally hopeful and grace seeking It s true that some of the narrators blend [...]

    2. This collection blew me away Even though, to my mind, the opening story, City of Boys, was one of the weaker stories, giving a misleading impression of what s to follow.Yes, some stories have similar elements aimless, distracted, teenagers or women, drug taking booze swilling parents There is a remove here, a remoteness that means these similarities don t matter in that kind of way because they link together to give an overall impressionof.nts that are far removed from their children, or who hav [...]

    3. Loved, loved Nugent s dryness, the subtle way in which you think a story sort of seems to be about nothing much and then BAM an invisible fits wallops you across the face I read it straight through, which is maybe not the best approach a number of stories have similar elements gin swilling, chain smoking parents, cheating spouses, alienated young women whose voices start to blend together from story to story The title story is KILLER Can t wait to read her novel BETH NUGENT WHY AREN T YOU WRITIN [...]

    4. Read this book than 15 years ago, but still remember how fascinated I was One of the most inspiring short stories

    5. There s a surprising hardness to the prose in these It s beautiful, but unforgiving There s a tenderness, but it seems like myself getting bruised on things as I read It s marvelous.

    6. I am completely obsessed with this book I love Beth Nugent and it makes me unbelievably sad that she s not publishing any .

    7. I was moved to seek out this collection after I read an excerpt from Another Country in the writing book The 3 a.m Epiphany Nugent s writing is some of the most layered I ve encountered I m in awe of her ability to create such complicated characters and relationships I look forward to reading her novel.

    8. Last night I finished reading this for the second time This might be my favorite story collection I ve read so far It s at times rather sexy, but also pretty tender and often haunting I liked it better than collections I ve read by Amy Bloom, Sam Shepard, Alice Munro, Ray Carver, or Thom Jones Might make this my go to book for gift giving If you like short stories, friends check this collection out I don t think you ll be disappointed.

    9. i have had this book for at least ten years, and i just finally read it on the inside front cover, written in amalle s script, it reads this book belongs to my old name and at the very end of the book, on the page that advertises other books by the same imprint, there is a tiny drawing of a face also clearly amalle s work all from when we were dating ten years ago anyway, it was really good i liked it much better than Nugent s Live Girls, her novel from a couple years later, which i also just re [...]

    10. I am not usually a short story fan, but since my brother gave me this to read with his recommendation Each of the stories contains people places and events or non events which seem familiar, especially from times in childhood Many of the relationships are full of discomfort to the reader, but are recognisable of those awkward times when people say or do the wrong thing at home Thankfully the final story Going had an element of hope.

    11. Would you like to feel like shit about humanity Read this book The writing was okay I guess but I kept getting the sense that this one should be filed under trying too hard or wanna be dark and deep I m not sophisticated enough to grasp it s significance or relevance I m too much of an entertainment reader for this one

    12. powerful, incredibly well written short stories in particular, the title story, city of boys, is perhaphs my absolute favorite short story If I was a writer, this is how I would want to be able to write

    13. One of these days I m going to finally learn to avoid short stories They just aren t meaty enough to remain in my memory, and these were depressing to boot Nothing about them really caused me to think, be amused, or charmed.

    14. recommended to me by my prose professor because her style reminded him of me i agree, after finishing the book, but at the same time i grew tired of hearing about the same female character over and over again.

    15. she was my mfa director and i worked with her a lot i think i drove her crazy mostly but she s an amazing writer.

    16. eerie but mesmerizinge title story is incredible i don t usually like short stories but this book was formidable in my high school years

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