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Acts of Love on Indigo Road: New & Selected Stories

Agee, Jonis

Published by Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 2003
ISBN 10: 1566891388 / ISBN 13: 9781566891387
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Title: Acts of Love on Indigo Road: New & Selected ...

Publisher: Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition: Fine

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Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.


Fine unread copy. Signed with inscription. May 6, 2003. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001286

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No one is better than Jonis Agee at capturing the bone-deep desire and big-eyed longing of a hardscrabble, small-town life. This major collection, highlighting Agee?s astonishing literary achievements, includes powerful new stories and a comprehensive selection from her critically acclaimed books Pretend We?ve Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart, and Taking the Wall.

Jonis Agee?s stories are as broad as their landscape, spanning the Great Lakes and traveling through the Great Plains on a straight shot to the heart. The New York Times refers to Agee?s short fiction as the ". . . clear-eyed reports of someone who sees things as they are, not as she would wish them to be" and each story in this collection is raw, deeply memorable, and dedicated to brutally introspective and truthful moments.

In Acts of Love on Indigo Road, Agee?s characters continue to dream big and love deep while rushing headlong into the awareness that, finally, there are "only the dead to bear witness to what acts of love can do to the world."

"In story after story, the mask drops away from gen-tility, and we come face to face with the truth. These -stories are beautiful because of their courage: there is nothing they are afraid to say."?Charles Baxter on Bend This Heart

Jonis Agee is the author of four novels, four collections of short fiction, and a book of poetry. Three of her books?Strange Angels, Bend This Heart, and Sweet Eyes?were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. Taking the Wall won the ForeWord Magazine Editor?s Choice Award and The Weight of Dreams won the Nebraska Book Award. Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native who has lived and taught throughout the Midwest. She is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln.

From Publishers Weekly: Terse, edgy and explosive, this collection-featuring 25 new stories as well as material from four earlier collections-proves conclusively that Agee still has her literary fastball. Indeed, the stylistic continuity is noteworthy: Agee's flair for stunning conceits and turn-on-a-dime plotting dominates throughout, and her feel for the gritty underbelly of blue-collar American life belies an equally impressive talent for poetic, elegiac writing. In general, the new stories are shorter than the earlier ones, but they pack a wallop nonetheless. "Indigo Road" is an anguished account of a mentally disturbed woman's decision to kill her children, while "The God of Gestures" finds a woman veering back and forth between her soon-to-be ex-husband-whom she dubs "the crying man"-and her new man, who appeared on an episode of America's Most Wanted. Stock car racing is the focus of several older stories. In "Losing Downforce," a failing Winston Cup driver tries to deal with having a woman crew chief; in "Omaha," a mechanic contemplates the cockiness of a younger driver. Agee is also a master of the short-short genre, something she proves with grace and eloquence in "What It Means," a brilliantly imagined ode to the power of the dead. There is some redundancy of themes and characters over the course of the collection, and occasionally the plot twists are merely busy rather than compelling. Yet each story contains gems of hard-edged humor ("When his IQ reaches 30, he should sell"), rich atmospheric detail and crisp observation, bolstering Agee's reputation as an unsentimental chronicler of desperate people trying to find happiness with the odds stacked against them.
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