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I saw a review of the book of short stories years ago in Newsweek I knew I had to have a book that has such a great title, especially my home state Iowa The stories are slice of life stories They seem to me to be the stories of real people in small towns Ms Stuckey French knows there is a lotgoing on in small towns then meets the eye.Mothers that hate daughters, young wives that hate their husbands daughters, and all like the truth not sugar coated. 2000 I bought the book second hand on a whim, somehow assuming it was about a distant past.But actually the stories, apparently based loosely on the author s childhood, are of an era nodistant than my own childhood.I read halfway thru and then quit, didn t seem interesting enough to continue A collection of short stories about small moments in the lives of normal people those folks so kindly referred to as living in flyover country Mostly Midwesterners, and the tone rings true A big dash of ennui salts the stories of the UI Writer s Workshop Grad Does the writers workshop ever graduate comedy writers Overall this collection was good A few of the stories I didn t connect with, either because the characterization wasn t there or the plot was dragging tension on littlethan a simmer.A few stood out, though, including Junior and Search and Rescue By far my favorite of the collection was Electric Wizard I adore this short story, have shared it around with anyone I know who loves short stories, and still go back to read it time to time just for my own enjoyment It was Electric W Overall this collection was good A few of the stories I didn t connect with, either because the characterization wasn t there or the plot was dragging tension on littlethan a simmer.A few stood out, though, including Junior and Search and Rescue By far my favorite of the collection was Electric Wizard I adore this short story, have shared it around with anyone I know who loves short stories, and still go back to read it time to time just for my own enjoyment It was Electric Wizard that saved this collection, and what makes this book worth a look Would have given Electric Wizard a full 5 stars Yes, it s that great , but the collection as a whole is 4 wish I could have given 4.5 ( DOWNLOAD E-PUB ) ♍ The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa: Stories ⚖ With the stories in her first collection, Elizabeth Stuckey French establishes herself as a smart new voice in American fiction and stakes her claim to a territory somewhere on the edge of stability, where normal is not just boring but nearly impossible, and where standing out in a crowd may just cause isolationHer characters, mostly Midwesterners, are bizarre but endearing A reform school graduate is placed in the care of her psychic aunt and in the servitude of a lucrative dog retrieval scheme A mother who has accepted her son s modest employment selling blue jeans bemoans the above board lifestyle she discovers him leading as a wanted criminal A rehab counselor lives vicariously through her already pregnant stepdaughter s love affair with a drunk who spends his days in recovery and his nights in the barFull of wry wit, tender sympathy, and heartland attitude, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa is as strange, funny, and poignant as the real world it resembles
I liked a few of the short stories included in this collection, but I didn t really like the rest This is my first time reading short stories since high school and I was really hoping they would as witty as Stuckey French s novel Most of the stories were quite underwhelming and I hated most of the characters discussed If you like short stories, give the collection a whirl. I own a signed copy ESF was the instructor of the short story class I took at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Subtle, well crafted stories Liked her newest stories the best Electric Wizard and The Visible Man. Would love to love, just couldn t despite the ties Not imaginative This was one of the books that let me know that it s possible to get published even if it s not very good. I amthan half way done with the book There are many different story s and different topics There is one story that has to do with a mom trying to get custody of her child from her own mother.