Miracle Boy and Other Stories

Miracle Boy and Other Stories Miracle Boy and Other Stories represents a body of work eighteen years in the making Benedict s last short story collection was the critically acclaimed The Wrecking Yard published in by Nan A T

  • Title: Miracle Boy and Other Stories
  • Author: Pinckney Benedict
  • ISBN: 9781935708018
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Miracle Boy and Other Stories represents a body of work eighteen years in the making Benedict s last short story collection was the critically acclaimed The Wrecking Yard, published in 1992 by Nan A Talese That collection was followed by the Steinbeck Award winning crime novel Dogs of God, also from Nan A Talese Doubleday, in 1994, which Marilyn Stasio said was writtenMiracle Boy and Other Stories represents a body of work eighteen years in the making Benedict s last short story collection was the critically acclaimed The Wrecking Yard, published in 1992 by Nan A Talese That collection was followed by the Steinbeck Award winning crime novel Dogs of God, also from Nan A Talese Doubleday, in 1994, which Marilyn Stasio said was written in a vein of rare, wild beauty with the lyrical exactitude of Henry Thoreau on a metaphysical field trip to hell Miracle Boy and Other Stories is a collection of fourteen stories many of which earned appearances in The O.Henry Awards, New Stories from the South The Year s Best, The Pushcart Prize The Best of Small Presses, The Best of Tin House, and Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Elizabeth Strout, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kittridge, says, These are amazing stories They contain the exquisite beauty of poetry and the dense muscularity of a language that takes the reader to breathtaking heights Never complaining, or flinching, Pinckney Benedict presses us right against the variety of human experience in ways I ve never seen before There is not a story here that is not the real thing.

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    1. Pinckney Benedict

      Pinckney Benedict b 1964 is an American short story writer and novelist whose work often reflects his Appalachian background.Benedict grew up on his family s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia He graduated from Princeton University, where he studied primarily with Joyce Carol Oates, in 1986, and from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1988.He has published three collections of short fiction, Miracle Boy and Other Stories, Town Smokes, and The Wrecking Yard and a novel Dogs of God, the last three of which were named Notable Books by The New York Times, and all of which have been published in England, Germany, and France He has another book, Wild Bleeding Heart a novel, due out in 2010.His stories have appeared in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope All Story, StoryQuarterly, Ontario Review, Appalachian Heritage, the O Henry Award series twice , the New Stories from the South series twice , the Pushcart Prize series three times , and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories Along with his wife, the novelist Laura Benedict, he has edited the poetry and fiction anthology Surreal South Press 53 2007 , which includes work from, among others, Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, William Gay, Ron Rash, and Rodney Jones.He wrote the screenplay for the feature film Four Days Cite Amerique 2000 , which starred Colm Meaney The Commitments, television s Star Trek The Next Generation , Lolita Davidovich Blaze , and William Forsythe The Rock.

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    1. Pinckney Benedict's Miracle Boy and Other Stories is a collection of short stories that holds nothing sacred except the written word. With his roots in Appalachian culture, Benedict draws on an unusual cast of characters for his stories.From the opening title story about a young boy whose feet are severed in a tractor accident, the reader knows he's under the control of a master short story writer. A simple tale of a boy with reattached feet who is bullied in school by three classmates, "Miracle [...]


    2. Been reading this book of short stories since the beginning of the year, as I cannot read one short story after another without characters and events becoming a blur (only two authors I have not had that with concerning short stories are Chevhov and Salinger). I have read all this books (3 ss books and one novel) and enjoyed his gritty, sometimes surreal, always rural observations. An example of this pleasant prose: "He watches the sheep that drift across the field like small clouds heavy with s [...]


    3. I'm really hovering between "liked it" and "really liked it" with this one. Pinckney Benedict has written a crazy-good, frustratingly odd bunch of stories. I call frustration only because my brain is split down the middle in its response to these fourteen stories of deep Appalachia. The title story sets the collection's surreal tone in motion, with "Buckeyes," complimenting it nicely, if only briefly. In "Butcher Cock," Benedict's fascination with illegal animal fights first appears, and it is h [...]


    4. Pinckney Benedict’s Miracle Boy and other Stories is a collection that is difficult to summarize because of its thematic and stylistic variety. The stories, published separately over the last decade or so, have garnered three Pushcart Prizes, two O. Henry Awards, and a variety of “best of” distinctions. During the course of crafting these pieces, the author has mastered multiple facets of the art of storytelling. The prose is at times as hard-edged and craggy as the West Virginia mountai [...]


    5. Miracle Boy and Other Stories is a slim book, but it took me a while to read. That is because I had to stop and breathe between stories and regain my balance. There is a compelling and destabilizing strangeness to the world Pinkney Benedict creates, and while every story is outstanding, I couldn't dwell too long in the warped reality he conjured.The world of Miracle Boy is a bucolic one. It is rural New York, populated by poor country folks and lots of animals. There is plenty of realistic drama [...]


    6. An amazing, eclectic blend of stories that seemingly cover everything possible. Benedict is deft at the perfect turn of phrase at the perfect time, with every story taking the reader on a wild and wonderful adventure. If you don't believe me, just look at the acknowledgments page where nearly every story won some sort of award, including the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, and the O.Henry Awards. A must have for the short story lover.


    7. Hands down the best collection of stories I own and possibly the best I've ever read. Pinckney Benedict is a genius. It is humbling even to attempt to describe the fiercely imaginative stories in this collection. I can think of no other writer who pulls back the veil of all things scary and strange and heartbreaking and mysterious with more beautiful, humorous, reverent, and often seemingly prophetic prose. I believe every word he writes.


    8. Just finished the truly magnificent (and often startling) short story collection, MIRACLE BOY, by Pinckney Benedict. The title story is worth the price of the book itself a young boy's feet are accidentally chopped off by his father in a farming accident, and the story becomes about this boy and his peers trying to figure out how to get along. Very Stand-By-Me, but better.


    9. I never would have discovered this author if he had not come to our college as a guest speaker. This collection of short stories was delightful. Maybe it's those years in East Tennessee and the opportunity to visit West virginia a lot that I brought to the book. But, I thought he nailed character and setting very well! I want to read more of his short story collectioins.


    10. What a strange collection of stories. They blur the lines between conventional reality and fantasy in an almost "magical realism" kind of way, but it's subtler than that. "Mudman", "Miracle Boy" and "Joe Messinger is Dreaming" stood out for me.


    11. This collection helped return me to my writing roots as a mid-30s adult. I credit Benedict as an instructor and his "Mudman" for my first pro-rated story sale. He is undoubtedly a master of the short story form, and is truly one of a kind.



    12. Best collection I've read in years. He can do just about anything and go almost anywhere in only a handful of pages.


    13. A month-long discussion of this book appears at Emerging Writers Network [ emergingwriters.typepad/ ] during May aka Short Story Month 2010.



    14. The mix of genre stories and literary fiction was unappealing. While sometimes rendered in an interesting way, the horror and sci-fi based stories were just too much, too unbelievable.


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