"On the sixth day of her hunger strike, Lydia Martinez entered my dreams and immediately died there."
Steven Rinehart's debut introduces us to a world where men struggle with themselves to get to a point where they can struggle with women. Rinehart's characters are dysfunctional, his worldview bizarre, yet his deft and often hilarious tales take us close to the heart of the yearning and desire all of us share.
Here you'll meet a young man attracted to trouble who gets more than he bargained for when he meets a seductive older woman; a high school teacher who struggles to resist becoming involved with a troubled female student; psychotic Boy Scouts; a man who, while investigating the accidental shooting of his best friend, finds himself involved with the dead man's wife.
These stories are about men whose lights are on--but no one's home. Rinehart conveys a seemingly weird sense of the world that ends up making perfect sense. Remarkable for the strength and distinctiveness of his characters, Rinehart writes in accomplished prose and with style that is astonishing in a first work of fiction.
In "Kick in the Head," the title story in this collection, a young man attracted to trouble gets more than he bargained for when he meets an older woman à la Mrs. Robinson. In "The Order of the Arrow," we meet a psychotic Boy Scout. And in "Make Me," a high school teacher tries to resist becoming involved with a troubled female student.
Given the current renaissance of the short story, Rinehart has the kind of memorable voice that every publisher wants to add to its list. He writes like a kinder, gentler Denis Johnson, and his stories will certainly establish him on the literary scene.-->
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"The stories in Kick in the Head are raw and rather eerie, filled with a quiet menace as their lonely protagonists pace the outermost rims of their lives. Steven Rinehart is unafraid to tackle big, even shocking events, and he masters them through the use of sharp and quivering details."
--Jennifer Egan, author of The Invisible Circus
"Readers who just can't understand men, or who think they know everything about men, or who happen to be men, will all learn something new about men (and women) from Steven Rinehart's sharp, funny, original, perceptive, and dazzlingly honest stories."
--Francine Prose, author of Blue Angel and Guided Tours of Hell
"Killer stuff, very exciting and fresh."
--Pinckney Benedict, author of Dogs of God
"I love Kick in the Head because I love to laugh out loud, to be shocked into silence by Steven Rinehart's crazy brilliant insights...This book sticks with you like a flashback--a meaningful, memorable, squirmy moment you don't forget."
--Matt Klam, author of Sam the Cat
Steven Rinehart spent his childhood on military bases in Europe. His family then moved to Illinois, and he went to school in Hawaii and Iowa. His stories have been published in a variety of magazines, including Harper's, GQ, Story, and Ploughshares. A recipient of both NEA and Michener fellowships, Rinehart is now at work on a novel for Doubleday. He lives in New York City.
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Book Description Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition.... New York: Doubleday (2000). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket. A perfect unread copy of the author's first book. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 33373
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Book Description Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0385498535
Book Description Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition.... New York: Doubleday (2000). First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket. A perfect unread copy of the author's first book. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. [C5] 0.0. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 33372