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Shoebox Train Wreck
by John Mantooth and Danny Evarts


Overview - Traversing the back roads of the south and beyond, these stories probe the boundaries of imagination, taking the reader to the fringes of a society where the world looks different, and once you visit, you won't ever be the same.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Traversing the back roads of the south and beyond, these stories probe the boundaries of imagination, taking the reader to the fringes of a society where the world looks different, and once you visit, you won't ever be the same.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781926851549
  • ISBN-10: 1926851544
  • Publisher: Chizine Publications
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 247
  • Reading Level: Ages 16-UP


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Collections & Anthologies
Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
Books > Fiction > Crime

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mantooth gives a clear-eyed, if depressing, view of human nature in this collection of 16 short stories that exemplify one character's viewpoint that "the dead really don't haunt the living. The living haunt the dead." The selection reveals an inordinate fondness for school bus-related tragedies, including two stories that hinge on their catastrophic collisions with railroad trains, but the overall variety of disasters mostly stem from momentary lapses of attention or judgment. But whether the lead destroys his life and others' lives by driving drunk, or from having an epiphany about the only way to stop a bully, the aftershocks of the violence resonate long into the future. The most powerful entry is "This is Where the Road Ends," which toggles between 2006, when the drunk lead character hits and kills a child with his car and decides to cover up the accident, and 2010, when the lies he has crafted to allow himself to continue living come home to roost. There's nothing fancy here—just good, spare, bleak storytelling, and some haunting images that will stick with readers like the kid at the end of the road. (Mar.)

 
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