The Sky Is Far Away

Brooks Wright

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Synopsis: Fiction/Short Stories This collection of short stories spans twenty years in the writing and is surprisingly eclectic in style, voice, and subject. Brooks Wright's writing has been described as "provocative, enthralling, a treasure, and brilliant." He explores the courage and pathos of his characters and finds dignity in their struggle against an indifferent world.

Review: KIRKUS REVIEW In Wright's debut collection of shortstories, desperate characters look for answers to pressing questions and bumpup against life's disinterest in providing them.
There is an impressive variety ofcharacters in these tales. Young people from middle America break windows, buy sextants,or join the circus. Grown men with checkered military histories look for moralresolve in diplomatic work and comfort in routinely shined shoes. Some storiestake place in developing countries, where child soldiers are dosed with drugsand orphans run away from villages in search of birth mothers. Others feature motorcycliststaking pit stops at gig jobs and small-town dive bars. Despite the collection'svariety, however, there's also a strong, unifying thread throughout: all thecharacters seem to exist in what Wright describes as "that moment betweenbudding and fading when the truth of everything unfolds right in front of you."Younger characters at once delight in escape fantasies and face disappointingrealities. Older ones grapple with attempts to remedy past errors and arehumbled by the ways in which their hard-earned principles fail them. Thestories ask: where does one go to figure things out? To war, to church, topeace work, to the road? The book doesn't offer an answer, but it does forcereaders to experience the disquiet of confronting the question. In addition toskillfully sustaining such philosophical tension, Wright has a knack forrendering desolate landscapes and depicting spirited characters, which makesfor poignant juxtapositions, and he also shows a natural ear for cadence. Thatsaid, the prose can feel imprecise at times, which weakens its impact: "And when he foretoldher future, as when he threatened to make her disappear, his magic was no magicat all, but sorcery."
An often provocative compilationthat shows remarkable range.
Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2016ISBN: 978-1-36-730368-3Page count: 269ppPublisher: BlurbProgram: Kirkus IndieReview Posted Online: March 2nd, 2018

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Title: The Sky Is Far Away
Publisher: Blurb
Publication Date: 2016
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