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An extraordinary collection of dynamic stories by an exciting new voice in American fiction, Gigantic features ten powerful stories of emotional stagnation and personal transformation, passion and violence, race and community, that are viscerally immediate in their impact and otherworldly in their scope. In "What Good Is You Anyway?" a struggling mattress salesman witnesses a horrific car accident at his bus stop and embarks on a wild journey that will lead him to put his life in order, beginning with his troubled relationship with his disabled alcoholic father. In "Quality Fuel for Electric Living," a sanitation worker, recovering from a romantic breakup and a painful hangover, suddenly faces a life-threatening situation while collecting an unusual deer carcass. In "Thursday the Sixteenth," a club manager dating the ex-girlfriend of a reggae singer unwittingly becomes entangled in a chain of events that ends in a violent confrontation. At turns comic and heartbreaking, and at all times rich with language and meanings that operate simultaneously on a variety of levels, the stories of Gigantic mark the arrival of an exciting voice in American fiction. "Impressive ... Ten lean and energetic stories ... Grimly funny, bleakly fatalistic, and emotionally true all at once." -- Chris Lehman, The Washington Post "Beautiful ... Nesbitt is smart, dark, and funny, like a young Elmore Leonard with a drinking problem." -- Sam Sifton, The New York Times Book Review "Nesbitt takes risks. ... with imagery, details of his characters' dead-end lives and even with structure.... Wonderful ... A talent to watch." -- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle "Nesbitt sets out to blow his readers away with his debut collection.... He succeeds.... Funny, tense and horrifying." -- Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant

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Marc Nesbitt, the author of Gigantic, received his master's degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's.

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In this clever, raucous debut collection, intriguing newcomer Nesbitt offers 10 stories that explore a hard, racially charged world, bitterness and compassion vying for top billing. The first story, "The Ones Who May Kill You in the Morning," sets the tone with its tale of class and racial warfare on the huge estate of a processed-meat magnate ("His baloney has a first name and it's his"). After the young black narrator endures a humiliating job as a glorified lawn ornament he's dressed up in a jockey's outfit to welcome guests he finds himself sought out by the magnate's white daughter for some slumming sex. This thinly veiled rebellion against her father doesn't last long, and the situation soon deteriorates into violence. In "What Good Is You Anyway?" a young man offers this frank assessment of living with his alcoholic father: "We're like most fathers and sons: not much to say, never live up to the other's expectations." Still, he's drawn to his father's ne'er-do-well friends, who together started a black fraternity back in college. In "Man in Towel with Gun," a man takes on a sad and hilarious quest to find his girlfriend, who seems to have disappeared from their house on short notice. If the other stories don't hold together as well as these, Nesbitt's idiosyncratic voice, his sharp-tongued observations and his convincing, colloquial dialogue communicate a unique and arresting worldview. (Mar. 2)Forecast: Nesbitt, a standout among this year's crop of new writers, has been published in the New Yorker and Harper's. That exposure, and an eight-city author tour, should help Gigantic make a strong showing.

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