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Jesus Out to Sea
by James Lee Burke


Overview - One of the country's most-acclaimed and popular novelists offers a selection of ten short stories centered around the devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi during and after Katrina.

In this moving collection of short stories, James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex, fascinating character portraits.  Read more...


 
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Overview
One of the country's most-acclaimed and popular novelists offers a selection of ten short stories centered around the devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi during and after Katrina.

In this moving collection of short stories, James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex, fascinating character portraits. The backdrop of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast is a versatile setting for Burke's stories, which cover the scope of the human experience--from love and sex to domestic abuse to war, death, and friendship.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416548560
  • ISBN-10: 1416548564
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 8.37 x 5.55 x 0.62 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.53 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 30.
  • Review Date: 2007-04-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

The 11 previously published stories in this strong collection showcase Burke's handling of familiar themes and places, minus the trappings that accompany his popular Dave Robicheaux or Bill Bob Holland novels. The inevitable marriage of war and atrocity is powerfully described in the very brief Vietnam War tale, "The Village." The title story, one of two dealing with Katrina and its aftermath, shows the lasting damage of war on survivors. Both "Winter Light" and "A Season of Regret" feature disillusioned, stoical academics, loners coping with the encroachments of cruder society. Most wrenching and affecting are several coming-of-age tales: "Texas City, 1947" depicts brutalized children and contains a surprising dénouement; "The Molester" and "The Burning of the Flag" both feature childhood friends from the WWII era confronting bullies or demons. Burke demonstrates impressive range, sensitivity and polish in these smaller-scale gems. (June)

 
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