"I finished this book with my heart pounding and grateful, my coffee cold and my smile wide and crying like a baby."Daniel Handler
The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. A man crushes pills on the bathroom counter while his son watches from the hallway; missionaries clumsily navigate an uprising with barbed wire and broken glass; a boy disparages memorized scripture, facedown on the asphalt, as he fails to fend off his bully. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.
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About the Author
Kyle Minor is the winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction, the Tara M. Kroger Prize for Short Fiction, and the author of In Devil's Territory (Dzanc Books, 2008). He is also a three-time honoree in the annual Atlantic Monthly writing contest, and was named one of Random House’s Best New Voices of 2006. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Salon.com, Best American Mystery Stories 2008, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers , and Forty Stories: New Voices from Harper Perennial.
Table of Contents
I. “I Wish My Soul Were Larger Than It Is”
The Question of Where We Begin
You Shall Go Out with Joy and Be Led Forth with Peace
The Truth and All Its Ugly
Seven Stories about Sebastian of Koulèv-Ville
The Sweet Life
II. “As I Fall Past, Remember Me”
There Is Nothing But Sadness in Nashville
First, the Teeth
In a Distant Country
Lay Me Down in the Blue Grass
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book at once jarring and gorgeous. The experiments with form force you to read each piece differently, and serve in some ways as a pace-setter. As you proceed from one story to the next a bigger picture emerges and there's a heartbeat left on the page. Much recommended.
Minor's collection of short stories was pretty good. His first person narrations are entertaining and his tone is a mix of sarcasm and blunt honesty (although at times it may not seem so). At first, many of the stories seem random. However, as one keeps reading they come to find they each are relevant in there own way to the telling of Minor's overarching story and to hit home his main messages. So the moment where you realize how they are all connected is cool. To be honest though there are some stories in here that were a bit of a struggle to get through because they are so random. Overall though not a bad read. I just wouldn't go straight to spectacular.