Tabloid Dreams

Product Number: EB00640963
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802193643
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A dozen ways the American Dream can go awry in "an unrepeatable . . . tour de force" from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author (The Washington Post Book World). "[With] touches of Italo Calvino, Roald Dahl, and Gabriel Garcia MArquez" the Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award–winning author dazzles with his mastery of the short story, his empathy for eccentrics, and his ability to find humor and humanity in the extremes of the American way (San Francisco Chronicle). Using bottom-rack tabloid headlines as inspiration—among them, "Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis," "Woman Struck by Car Turns into Nymphomaniac," and "Titanic Victim Speaks Through Waterbed"—Butler moves from the fantastic to the realistic, from the lurid to the transcendent in exploring exile, loss, aspiration, and the search for self. Along the way, we meet a wife who uses her glass eye to spy on her cheating husband, a widow who sets herself on fire after losing a baking competition, a nine-year-old hit man, a woman who dates an extraterrestrial she met at Walmart, and a furtive and mournful JFK who survived the assassination. Weaving a seamless tapestry of high and low culture as well as the surreal, sordid, and humorously sad, "Butler peels back the sleazy veneer of the sensational to expose characters who long for love and the healing comfort of human compassion" (USA Today). "Read all about it: if you're frustrated by the way nothing much seems to happen in modern short fiction, you'll find Tabloid Dreams a whole different story." —The New York Times Book Review "These stories are masterpieces . . . a magnificent work of imagination, entertainment and humanity." —South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Tabloid Dreams is full-blown American magical realism." —Boston Book Review

Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Original Publish Date: Mar 12, 2013

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