The moon might really be a UFO. Someone you know has just stopped air traffic on the entire East Coast. And those air force fighters just won't stop crashing into that canyon. The three stories and short novel contains in this book blend imagination and humour.
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"A hypnotic novella and three quirky stories from the second winner of the Katherine Anne Porter award. The prize here is for 'Diving with the Devil,' a dreamy little joy: When a group of friends go diving for a summer on a remote Bahamian key, it's an opportunity for narrator Peter Cole to explore a cultural fugue of cranky bush pilots, wizened fisherman so long on the beaches their news is all 40 years old, bratty Americans who can't stop their drunken rants about old romantic conquests, and the blend of superstition and suspicion that results when it turns out that the group's divemaster may have something to do with 'the virus'--local code for drug running. Just as immediate as that, though, is Cole's old feeling for the woman who is now his wife's friend, and a new feeling for the spouse of a poor diver who leaves the Bahamas after his first trip to the deep. And deep is the final lesson: the immersion into a world close to home, yet weighted by emotional pressure, an underwater lilt, and a soothing slow-motion language. Shaw's short stories are quirky and engaging as well. 'Holding Pattern at D.C. International' tells of the squalid lives of employees whose only excitement comes from intra-clique politics and the potential of too many planes in the air, and a bunch of Air Force men in 'A Cure for Gravity' convalesce together in a hospital for those with uncertain injuries, though the new captain is lucid enough to note that 'There is drama in our madness, even a sense of purpose, albeit somewhat misguided. But men with only broken hearts are laughingstocks.' The true excitement comes, though, from the fact that the novella here was once much shorter, and that this is a writer ready to make a significant move toward even longer work. The real thing."
Dave Shaw spent the summers of his youth playing baseball in upstate New York, and moved to North Carolina as a teen. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.) and Wake Forest University (M.A.) before completing his M.F.A. in Fiction Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
His fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies in England, Japan, New Zealand, and throughout the U.S., including BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES, TRAMPOLINE, STAND MAGAZINE, RACING HOME: NEW STORIES BY AWARD-WINNING NORTH CAROLINA AUTHORS, THE SOUTHERN ANTHOLOGY, and THE QUARTERLY. For his stories he has received such awards as The Southern Prize for Fiction, The LITERAL LATTE Fiction Award, and a North Carolina Arts Council Writers Fellowship. Currently, he is completing a novel, WHAT NICO WANTS.
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