The Spot

The Spot


Book - 2010
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The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery.

The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an end.

The Spot is at the bottom of Niagara Falls, where the body of a young girl floats as if caught in the currents of her own tragic story.

The Spot is in the ear of a Manhattan madman plagued by a noisy upstairs neighbor .

The Spot is a suburban hospital room in which a young father confronts his son's potentially devastating diagnosis.

The Spot is a dusty encampment in Nebraska where a gang of inept radicals plot a revolution.

The Spot draws thirteen new stories together into a masterful collection that shows David Means at his finest: at once comically detached and wrenchingly affecting, expansive and concise, wildly inventive and firmly rooted in tradition. Means's work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O'Connor ( London Review of Books ), Alice Munro, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac ( Newsday ), Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson ( Chicago Tribune /NPR), Denis Johnson ( Entertainment Weekly ), Poe, Chekhov, and Carver ( Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ), but the spot he has staked out in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865479128
Branch Call Number: FIC SS
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 12, 2018

I came to this collection through hearing 'The Spot' on the New Yorker fiction podcast. Although I enjoyed most of the stories in the collection, I found them a bit same-y. It was the first collection of short stories I've read, and I think that was part of the problem - I felt like just as I was getting into it, it ended. Maybe I'm more suited to novels?!

Feb 18, 2012

Unable to get interested in any of these short stories.

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