The Heaven of Animals

The Heaven of Animals

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Book - 2014
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Named one of Amazon's Best Short Story Collections of 2014
One of Atlanta Journal Constitution 's 9 Best Books of 2014
Best Short Story Collection of the Year, Tweed's Magazine
Winner of GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction
2014 LA Times Book Prize Finalist
Winner of the Florida Book Awards Silver Medal for Fiction
Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family--fathers and sons, husbands and wives--as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love.

His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away? Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin writes that Poissant forces us "to face the people we are when we're alone in the dark."

From two friends racing to save the life of an alligator in "Lizard Man" to a girl helping her boy­friend face his greatest fears in "The End of Aaron," from a man who stalks death on an Atlanta street corner to a brother's surprise at the surreal, improb­able beauty of a late night encounter with a wolf, Poissant creates worlds that shine with honesty and dark complexity, but also with a profound compas­sion. These are stories hell-bent on hope.

Fresh, smart, lively, and wickedly funny, The Heaven of Animals is startlingly original and compul­sively readable. As bestselling author Kevin Wilson puts it, "Poissant is a writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he found his way so easily into our hearts and souls."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476729961
1476729964
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 24 cm

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Mar 22, 2016

I enjoyed this collection of short stories, though I believe some succeeded better than others. Some just left me scratching my head. The writing is wonderful but there is a certain sameness to many of the stories, at least in the way they're presented - I guess just Poissant's style. I did like the moving back and forth between an earlier-in-time storyline and the present, the slow reveal of how the past affected what was going on now. I think Lizard Man was my favourite.

beebee40 Aug 29, 2014

The author has written some moving, powerful stories that delve into the mind and soul. This is an auspicious first book.

I look forward to his next book

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