Antonya Nelson - FUNNY ONCE: STORIES

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781620408612
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 20th, 2014

Michael Chabon once said, “I scan the
tables of contents of magazines, looking for Antonya Nelson's name,
hoping that she has decided to bless us again.” And now she has blessed
us again, with a bounty of the stories for which she is so beloved. Her
stories are clear-eyed, hard-edged, beautifully formed. In the title
story, “Funny Once,” a couple held together by bad behavior fall into a
lie with their more responsible friends. In “The Village,” a woman
visits her father at a nursing home, recalling his equanimity at her
teenage misdeeds and gaining a new understanding of his own past
indiscretions. In another, when a troubled girl in the neighborhood goes
missing, a mother worries increasingly about her teenage son’s
relationship with a bad-news girlfriend. In the novella “Three Wishes,”
siblings muddle through in the aftermath of their elder brother’s
too-early departure from the world.

The landscape of this book is the wide open spaces of Kansas, Texas,
New Mexico, and Colorado. Throughout, there is the pervasive desire to
drink to forget, to have sex with the wrong people, to hit the road and
figure out later where to stop for the night. These characters are
aging, regretting actions both taken and not, inhabiting their extended
adolescences as best they can. And in FUNNY ONCE, their flawed humanity is made beautiful, perfectly observed by one of America’s best short story writers.