The title story of this highly praised book, about a small town Texas science teacher threatening to flunk his high school s brilliantly talented football star, sets the collection s timely theme, the conflict between the image of how American men are supposed to act and the way they secretly feel like acting This theme is skillfully modulated in almost all of the book sThe title story of this highly praised book, about a small town Texas science teacher threatening to flunk his high school s brilliantly talented football star, sets the collection s timely theme, the conflict between the image of how American men are supposed to act and the way they secretly feel like acting This theme is skillfully modulated in almost all of the book s 11 selections from Stories of the Hunt, about a boy discovering that his ostensibly he man woodsmans father doesn t in fact know the first thing about tracking deer, to Immigration, about a Vietnamese refuge working in a Las Vegas casino and dreaming of becoming the world s greatest Elvis impersonator.
MALE OF THE SPECIES The title story of this highly praised book about a small town Texas science teacher threatening to flunk his high school s brilliantly talented football star sets the collection s timely theme the
I have a very bad habit of resisting reading recommendations, even from people I respect. Along the way I've missed out on some great books. This collection of short stories came with the VERY enthusiastic endorsement of my daughter. Since I'm trying to overcome this habit I put it on my "To Read" pile.If all the recommendations were as good as this one I'd break this habit in a minute.Alex Mindt is a gifted writer working in what many people beleive is the hardest writing category there is - th [...]
These aren't your run of the mill, New Yorker short stories, where there's some angst and some shuffling of feet, and nothing really HAPPENS. These are great page turning, hard to believe it's finished, wish you could find out what happens to the characters afterward stories. And the language is wonderful, enviable and delicious.
I finished this collection last night. LOVED it. I only wish I'd had more spare time so I could have read it sooner--and taken less time to read it--so the stories could have held together as a collection more for me.I first heard about this book when I met Alex on MySpace (perhaps the greatest networking tool for writers, EVER!) and then bought it when I learned that US Weekly had given it a good review. It's really a great collection, all held together by the theme of fathers--hence the title [...]
All of these stories are interesting, and a couple of them really ring true in describing personal relationships within families, the nature of memory, regret, and decisions. The author has a skillful way of building tension through ambiguity of plot developments.An unfortunate title, which is taken from one of the stories. Most of them have a common element of the relationship between fathers and their children.
I am not a fan of short stories. That's exactly what I said to the person that recommended this book of short stories. He said many others said the same thing and still loved this book. Count me among them. Almost all of the stories had me engrossed - very well done.
I read this because the author friended me on myspace. It wasn't bad.
Alex's debut short story collection - wonderfully written and incredibly diverse.
This is Mindt's debut collection, but it includes stories previously published in some fine magazines, including The Sun and Missouri Review.
simply brilliant and the author is so cute.