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Songs for the Deaf : Stories
by John Henry Fleming


Overview - A little desert town gets a sexual charge from a crash-landed alien. A dysfunctional family tries to summit Everest with "discount Sherpas" and yakloads of emotional baggage. A teen messiah emerges from a game of 3-on-3. The stories in John Henry Fleming's "Songs for the Deaf," the first story collection by the "marvelously inventive" and "winningly satiric" author of "The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman," put an intimate and modern spin on the American tall tale.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A little desert town gets a sexual charge from a crash-landed alien. A dysfunctional family tries to summit Everest with "discount Sherpas" and yakloads of emotional baggage. A teen messiah emerges from a game of 3-on-3. The stories in John Henry Fleming's "Songs for the Deaf," the first story collection by the "marvelously inventive" and "winningly satiric" author of "The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman," put an intimate and modern spin on the American tall tale.

Stories in the collection have appeared in "McSweeney's," "North American Review," "Atticus Review," "100% Pure Florida Fiction," and elsewhere.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780984953851
  • ISBN-10: 098495385X
  • Publisher: Burrow Press
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Page Count: 172
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his first collection of stories, novelist Fleming (The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman) serves as ringmaster to a motley variety of characters, including cowards, self-proclaimed messiahs, and ghostly hitchhikers. In the title story, deputy sheriff Jeremy Jones struggles to understand the appeal of his opera-singing childhood nemesis, Tony Sutter, aka “the Magnificent Antonio,” for the fellow inhabitants of his small town. “Xenophilia” depicts one evening from multiple perspectives, Rashomon-style, as the military, townspeople, and police officers converge on a local restaurant to capture a crash-landed alien and its scientist paramour, while in “Cloud Reader,” frontier justice seals the fate of the oracular title character. Several stories aim for satire, and some hit the mark, like the let’s-strengthen-our-family-by-climbing-Everest antics of “Chromolungma.” Others, though, wilt under too much cleverness—particularly “The Day of Our Lord’s Triumph (with Marginal Notes for Children),” an account of a teenage boy’s miraculous victory over high school bullies, written as a parody of Christian devotional texts. Where Fleming truly excels is in the briefest story, “A Charmed Life,” which traces a lovable loser protagonist’s travels with straight-faced sincerity, showing what a skilled writer can accomplish in just a few short pages. (Mar.)

 
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