Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories

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Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider—a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted.

Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both.

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"Tunneling to the Center of the Earth has everything a reader needs: a Grandmother-for-hire, a baby with a full set of teeth, spontaneous combustion, and a cavalcade of Scrabble tiles, falling from the sky. It also has some of the best writing I've seen in a long, long time. Kevin Wilson's stories not only tunnel to the center of the earth--they tunnel through the intricacies of family, love and the dark places of the human soul."
-- Hannah Tinti, author of THE GOOD THIEF

"Kevin Wilson is the unholy child of George Saunders and Carson McCullers. All the signs are there: the ability to realize the most bizarre situations with perfect control; the understanding that sometimes the saddest things are hilarious; and a willingness to always let his characters have their way, even as we pray for him to stop them. Bow your heads! Jesus Christ is this guy good."
-- Owen King

"Kevin Wilson's stories show us a world that is both real and full of illusion. One imagines the skies that sit over these towns are always a particularly vibrant shade of blue. The characters are people we almost know, and yet their lives are heightened, peculiar, both more dazzling and more tragic than our own. In turning the world not upside down but maybe twenty degrees on its side, he forces us to look at our own lives in a new and slightly off-kilter way. He is a dazzling and important new writer."
-- Ann Patchett, bestselling author of BEL CANTO

"Each of Kevin Wilson's beautifully imagined stories crackles with originality. He can break your heart and mend it in the same line, and he can fold a universe of loss into the smallest, most delicate gesture. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth is a refreshingly wild book, shot through with wicked humor and deep, affirming humanity, and it marks the arrival of a first-rank writer."
-- Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi and Naming the World

"You have to be careful reading this book. Kevin Wilson writes fiction that moves so quickly from twisted hilarity to strange, delicate beauty that you might not notice--until it's too late--that your heart is good and broken. This collection is like the spontaneous combustion one story in it describes: urgent, amazing, and on fire."
-- Alix Ohlin, author of The Missing Person and Babylon and Other Stories

About the Author:

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller and a best book of the year in Time, People, Salon, and Esquire; and Perfect Little World. His story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association as well as the Shirley Jackson Award. He teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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