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Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events

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by Kevin Moffett

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Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events by Kevin Moffett
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2012
    240 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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A dazzling new story collection from brilliant, young, award-winning writer Kevin Moffett, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events illuminates the intimate experiences of characters caught between aspiration and achievement, uncertainty and illumination, inertia and discovery, the past and the future. Channeling unexpected, eclectic voices in a collection perfectly suited to readers of Daniyal Mueenuddin, Alice Sebold, and Dave Eggers, Moffett delivers a nuanced, powerful, humorous, and moving meditation on the trials of transitions and liminal living in today's modern world.

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"Starred Review. This collection will leave readers grateful to have encountered characters who are as odd as they are, as sad as they may be, and as stupidly hopeful." - Publishers Weekly

"A well-honed but emotionally distant experiment in the manifestation of character." - Kirkus Reviews

"In nine deftly imagined stories, Moffett (Permanent Visitors, 2006) examines the boundaries between truth and memory..." - Booklist

"These stories are as enormously funny as they are enormously sad. Moffett deals in wisdom, humor, and sympathy with extraordinary fluency; the results are always as unsettling as they are reassuring. And this seems to me about as close as you can come to writing the truth about life." - Chris Adrian

"Humor is too often heartless, sheer cleverness lacking content. Kevin Moffett is a member of that delightful minority that takes up the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary. These stories are funny, insightful, and reveal, but never strive for, true depth." - Alice Sebold

"The first thing you notice reading the stories in Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events is the author's extraordinary range - of expertise, technique, imagination and wit. There doesn't seem to be much Kevin Moffett can't do." - Richard Russo

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Kevin Moffett

Kevin Moffett's first collection of stories, Permanent Visitors, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, judged by George Saunders, and was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in The Better of McSweeney's Vol. 2, Tin House, Land-Grant College Review, the Chicago Tribune, New Stories From the South: The Year's Best, and in three editions of The Best American Short Stories (2006, 2009, and 2010). He has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Visit him online at www.kevinmoffett.org.

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