Awayland Read Online Free - An inventive story collection that spans the globe as it explores love, childhood, and parenthood with an electric mix of humor and emotion.
Acclaimed for the grace, wit, and magic of her novels, Ramona Ausubel introduces us to a geography both fantastic and familiar in eleven new stories, some of them previously published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. Elegantly structured, these stories span the globe and beyond, from small-town America and sunny Caribbean islands to the Arctic Ocean and the very gates of Heaven itself. And though some of the stories are steeped in mythology, they remain grounded in universal experiences: loss of identity, leaving home, parenthood, joy, and longing.
Crisscrossing the pages of Awayland are travelers and expats, shadows and ghosts. A girl watches as her homesick mother slowly dissolves into literal mist. The mayor of a small Midwestern town offers a strange prize, for stranger reasons, to the parents of any baby born on Lenin's birthday. A chef bound for Mars begins an even more treacherous journey much closer to home. And a lonely heart searches for love online--never mind that he's a Cyclops.
With her signature tenderness, Ramona Ausubel applies a mapmaker's eye to landscapes both real and imagined, all the while providing a keen guide to the wild, uncharted terrain of the human heart.
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
March 18, 2018
Awayland is a collection of short stories of love, loss, family, inspiration, and longing. Hopping around globally and even otherworldly, this compilation is just the right amount of ying for my yang of late. I especially loved the story called Remedy. The thing I love most about short stories is...
March 13, 2018
‘Tragedy lends authority, especially with teenagers. There was a whole hierarchy: divorce, absent father, physical abuse, sexual abuse, dead father, dead mother, and then, at the top: dead both. It was the rarest loss, the most terrible, and the sufferer was like a precious gem, pressed by unthin...
March 20, 2018
Ausubel is wonderfully imaginative in these remarkable strange stories. Her writing is such a pleasure - fresh, economical, unexpected, beautiful. There's a lightness to these tales even when the subjects are dark, but it's a lightness that's also luminous. There's not much more I care to say bey...
March 27, 2018
3.5 stars. I always enjoy reading Ausubel. She is an imaginative writer who blurs the lines between reality and the fantastical. Her writing often feels otherworldly and can be quite strange, but I always find it to be beautiful and often quite emotionally affecting. The eleven stories in this me...
March 26, 2018
2.5 stars. I really enjoyed her previous collection, A Guide to Being Born, and was looking forward to reading this, unfortunately I did not connect as much to this one as the other one. There was something almost... unsettling about some of the stories, in ways I can't quite pinpoint. Not necess...
April 18, 2018
2.5 This was weird...even for me and I love weird. I felt like many of the stories had no purpose. Maybe the lack of purpose was the purpose? I simply have no idea.
March 28, 2018
Weird and wonderful short story collections linked by themes of love and longing.
March 04, 2018
A nice collection of short stories from a talented writer. All in all, I came away with a feeling of ennui and some nice quotes.
March 23, 2018
sophisticated story weaving. lyrical, brilliant and crisp writing style. not for the simple minded.
March 06, 2018
This morning I woke up at 5, checked the time on my phone, and noticed my library hold was in. I read a story or two until I felt sleepy enough to snatch another hour. Then I found myself reading bits all through the day when I had a minute, always thinking "one more, then I'll switch to somethin...