This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You

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A man builds a tree house by a river. A young woman is almost killed when a sugar-beet crashes through her windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. A father is arrested when he tries to watch his daughter's school nativity play. These aren't the sort of things you imagine happening to someone like you. But sometimes they do.

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Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed "If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, ""So Many Ways To Begin, " and "Even The Dogs." He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was the runner-up in the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham, England.

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"30 electric tales... This is a book of ominous preludes and chilling aftermaths... McGregor stealthily commands our active engagement, scattering crumbs of data for us to pick through, gumshoe-style." - "New York Times Book Review""" "Each tale in this slim, elegant book does something most of us wish would happen to us in real life: It stops us in a humdrum moment and reveals how that small, unnoticed sliver of time can illuminate an entire life... Magic." "-"Oprah.com, Book of the Week "John McGregor is one of the UK's most fascinating and versatile writers. The fact that most American readers have never heard of him does not speak well of us. Let's all buy his book NOW." -Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story" "These stories by Jon McGregor feel as if they are made half of words and half of the earth. They are elegant, understated, sometimes wry, and yet full of the drama and passion of life." - Matthew Sharpe, author of "You Were Wrong"
"Jon McGregor's uncanny stories linger long after you have finished them. He quietly inserts distinct, convincing voices into vivid and compelling landscapes. This original, beautiful, and haunting book totally captivated me." -Dana Spiotta, author of "Stone Arabia" and National Book Award Finalist "Eat the Document""With the depth, range, and quiet restraint of these masterly, truth-bearing stories of blighted hinterland souls, Jon McGregor holds his own among the wisest writers alive." --Gary Lutz, author of "Divorcer""Jon McGregor's stories are strange and lovely masterpieces: painfully authentic, inquisitive rather than confrontational, he has a tremendous ability to disturb the surface of everyday things...Underneath that which is radically quotidian, he captures our unique and unusual selves." - Sarah Hall, author of "The Electric Michelangelo" "Jon McGregor's stories are full of unremarkable landscape, destabilizing drama, and people pinned in place by themselves. But they gleam with endearing detail. D

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