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Title:
Turtleface and beyond : stories
Author:
Bradford, Arthur., author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Physical Description:
193 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
A "collection featuring prosthetically limbed lovers, a snakebitten hitchhiker turned wedding crasher, a lawyer at the end of his rope, a ménage à trois at Thailand's Resort Tik Tok, and a whole host of near disasters, narrow escapes, and complicated victories, all narrated by Georgie, who struggles with his poor decisions but finds redemption in the telling of each of his tales"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Turtleface -- Cold feet -- Lost limbs -- Orderly -- Travels with Paul -- The box -- Snakebite -- Wendy, Mort, and I -- The LSD and the baby -- Build it up, knock it down -- Resort Tik Tok -- 217-pound dog.
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780374278069
Format :
Book

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A finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Awards

Darkly funny stories by the man David Sedaris calls "the most outlandish and energetic writer I can think of"

Paddling down a remote, meandering river, Georgie's friend Otto decides to do something both spectacular and stupid: He scales a sandy cliff that rises from the water and runs down its steep face, preparing for a triumphant running dive. As his friends look on, they watch something awful unfold: Otto lands with an odd smack and knocks himself unconscious, blood spilling from his nose and mouth. Georgie arrives on the scene first and sees a small turtle, its shell cracked, floating just belowthe water's surface.
Otto and the turtle survive the collision, though both need help, and Georgie finds his compassions torn. This title story sets the tone for the rest of Arthur Bradford's Turtleface and Beyond , a strangely funny collection featuring prosthetically limbed lovers, a snakebitten hitchhiker turned wedding crasher, a lawyer at the end of his rope, a m#65533;nage #65533; trois at Thailand's Resort Tik Tok, and a whole host of near disasters, narrow escapes, and complicated victories, all narrated by Georgie, who struggles with his poor decisions but finds redemption in the telling of each of his tales. Big-hearted and hilariously high-fueled, Turtleface and Beyond marks the return of a beloved and unforgettable voice in fiction.


Author Notes

Originally from Maine, Arthur Bradford is a graduate of Yale University & a former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford. His fiction has appeared in "McSweeney's", "Epoch", & "Esquire". His first film, "How's Your News?", produced by the creators of "South Park", is scheduled for release on HBO in summer 2001. He is 30 years old & lives in Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

From the robbery of a couple with prosthetic limbs to a Vermont hermit's superstitions surrounding the Boston Celtics, this collection of short stories reflects a wonderfully offbeat sense of humor. Narrator Georgie, shortsighted and impulsive, keeps getting into scrapes that are only made worse by his efforts to do the right thing. This basic compassion and the strangely funny situations that result will leave readers egging Georgie on even as they're shaking their heads. Writer and filmmaker Bradford will appeal to David Sedaris fans willing to visit the wrong side of the tracks. His stories center on injuries, drugs, and sex often in ­combination and the unsavory or unhappy characters Georgie encounters in a series of dead-end jobs, such as a hotel night clerk or orderly at a mental institution. These people are often just as thoughtless as Georgie and pursue their own goals, stupid as they may be, with single-minded determination. With bad choices and bizarre situations aplenty, Turtleface and Beyond encourages the reader simply to laugh at the strange turns life can take.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The short stories in Bradford's new collection (Dogwalker) all share a protagonist, Georgie. Lucky for us, Georgie has a knack for being around when someone is about to do something "spectacular and stupid." Georgie narrates with such charisma ("It was an irresponsible thing to do. I even knew it at the time, but I still went ahead.") it's easy to understand why women crawl in bed with him unbidden or how he is friends with so many friendless people. Georgie evenhandedly recounts the series of mishaps and strange scenarios he finds himself in as he makes his way from Vermont to Resort Tik Tok in Thailand, before ending up in Brooklyn. In the title story, Georgie's friend Otto attempts a running cliff dive into a remote river to impress some women and severely injures himself and the turtle that breaks his fall. Further adventures involve snakebites, prostheses, and a big, mysterious box in a backyard. With this delightful collection, Bradford maintains a finely calibrated comic tone on the edge of dark, which through some feat of magic remains buoyant and mirthful. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

O. Henry Award-winning Bradford follows up his well-received debut collection, Dogwalker, with a new collection that's a little less wacky but still lives up to the title's "beyond." Offbeat but aching, the title story concerns the consequences for a group of friends when one of them showily jumps off a steep cliff into a river and injures both himself and the turtle with which he collides. Other stories concern a wedding briefly disrupted by a snake bite and a man dating a woman who's lost an arm. VERDICT Easily flowing stories; not for nothing is Bradford an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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