Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories (P.S.)

4.08 avg rating
( 1,745 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780061579028: Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories (P.S.)

Paperback. Pub the Date: March. 2009 Pages: 208 in Publisher by: HarperCollins Publishers Kevin Wilson's characters building religious ~ a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined. The mundane and the fantastic Grand Stand-In is narrated by an the 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

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.

Review:

"Turns the genre of Southern fiction on its head.Wilson's fully realized characters keep the stories grounded." -- Bomb Magazine

"His work shimmers.Wilson offers fabulous twists and somersaults of the imagination. As Wilson continues to dig into the texture and mystery of the world, his fiction should grow, like his best characters, in strange and remarkable ways." -- New York Times Book Review

"These short stories by Kevin Wilson.are weird in the best way. They are bizarre notions that are fleshed out in sustained narrative by a deft maestro...beautifully rendered." -- Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Lush with imagination, humanity, and wit. -- TheRumpus.net

"Acute and uniformly unsettling, these fictions explore themes of loss and loneliness with fresh young insight, and occasionally with a faint rainbow at the end."--Boston Globe

"These short stories by Kevin Wilson...are weird in the best way. They are bizarre notions that are fleshed out in sustained narrative by a deft maestro...beautifully rendered."--Memphis Commercial Appeal

"A Southern writer with a bent sense of humor offers a fine debut collection of stories, some unlike anything you've read before. Wilson displays a marvelous sense of narrative ingenuity...Weird and wonderful stories from a writer who has that most elusive of gifts: new ideas."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Geniously surreal but affecting short stories about spontaneous combustion, Scrabble and angst at all ages. RIYL (Read if you love): George Saunders."--Louisville Courier Journal

"Wilson's little time-bomb fables have a surrealist zip, like miniature Magritte paintings come to life."--Washington Post

"Turns the genre of Southern fiction on its head...Wilson's fully realized characters keep the stories grounded."--Bomb Magazine

"I'm drawn to particular authors, folks like George Saunders and Stacey Richter and Kevin Wilson...who I know are going to kick my ass."--Steve Almond, author of CANDYFREAK

"Kevin Wilson's brilliant debut is full of characters you won't be able to forget and wouldn't want to even if you could."--Brock Clarke, bestselling author of AN ARSONIST'S GUIDE TO WRITERS' HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND

"Kevin Wilson's stories show us a world that is both real and full of illusion...He forces us to look at our own lives in a new and slightly off-kilter way."--Ann Patchett, bestselling author of BEL CANTO

"Kevin Wilson is the unholy child of George Saunders and Carson McCullers.... Jesus Christ is this guy good."--Owen King

"Lush with imagination, humanity, and wit.--TheRumpus.net

"His work shimmers...Wilson offers fabulous twists and somersaults of the imagination... As Wilson continues to dig into the texture and mystery of the world, his fiction should grow, like his best characters, in strange and remarkable ways."--New York Times Book Review

"There are 11 troubling, strange, offbeat tales in this collection... It's those sharp insights that keep you reading Wilson's unusual stories."--The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

"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

"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

"To write such masterful stories takes a graceful eye, and, even more, a compassionate heart. Wilson has both. His disturbing, moving tales burrow their way under our skin and stay there."--Time Out New York

Wilson s little time-bomb fables have a surrealist zip, like miniature Magritte paintings come to life. --Washington Post"

Geniously surreal but affecting short stories about spontaneous combustion, Scrabble and angst at all ages. RIYL (Read if you love): George Saunders. --Louisville Courier Journal"

Turns the genre of Southern fiction on its head Wilson s fully realized characters keep the stories grounded. --Bomb Magazine"

A Southern writer with a bent sense of humor offers a fine debut collection of stories, some unlike anything you ve read before. Wilson displays a marvelous sense of narrative ingenuity Weird and wonderful stories from a writer who has that most elusive of gifts: new ideas. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Acute and uniformly unsettling, these fictions explore themes of loss and loneliness with fresh young insight, and occasionally with a faint rainbow at the end. --Boston Globe"

Kevin Wilson is the unholy child of George Saunders and Carson McCullers.... Jesus Christ is this guy good. --Owen King"

Kevin Wilson s stories show us a world that is both real and full of illusion He forces us to look at our own lives in a new and slightly off-kilter way. --Ann Patchett, bestselling author of BEL CANTO"

I m drawn to particular authors, folks like George Saunders and Stacey Richter and Kevin Wilson who I know are going to kick my ass. --Steve Almond, author of CANDYFREAK"

His work shimmers Wilson offers fabulous twists and somersaults of the imagination As Wilson continues to dig into the texture and mystery of the world, his fiction should grow, like his best characters, in strange and remarkable ways. --New York Times Book Review"

To write such masterful stories takes a graceful eye, and, even more, a compassionate heart. Wilson has both. His disturbing, moving tales burrow their way under our skin and stay there. --Time Out New York"

Kevin Wilson s brilliant debut is full of characters you won t be able to forget and wouldn t want to even if you could. --Brock Clarke, bestselling author of AN ARSONIST'S GUIDE TO WRITERS' HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND"

There are 11 troubling, strange, offbeat tales in this collection It s those sharp insights that keep you reading Wilson s unusual stories. --The Advocate (Baton Rouge)"

These short stories by Kevin Wilson are weird in the best way. They are bizarre notions that are fleshed out in sustained narrative by a deft maestro...beautifully rendered. --Memphis Commercial Appeal"

Lush with imagination, humanity, and wit.--TheRumpus.net"

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 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"

These superb, often audacious stories rework the ordinary into surreal yet hauntingly plausible worlds, and we emerge seeing ourselves with fresh, if somewhat nervous, clarity."--Ben Fountain, PEN/Hemingway award-winning author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kevin Wilson
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800615790280000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Kevin Wilson
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 201 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061579028

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wilson, Kevin
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0061579025

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.70
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Kevin Wilson
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 201 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061579028

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Wilson, Kevin
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780061579028

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Wilson, Kevin
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Paperback Quantity Available: 12
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY85D00AMCI

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.69
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wilson, Kevin
Published by Harper Perennial (2009)
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0061579025

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.31
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Wilson, Kevin
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780061579028

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Wilson, Kevin
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 942002

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Wilson, Kevin
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061579025 ISBN 13: 9780061579028
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061579025. Bookseller Inventory # Z0061579025ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book