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Born on a Train Thirteen Stories

John McManus

Picador

0312301855

9780312301859

Trade Paperback

288 Pages

$18.00

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John McManus's first book of fiction impressed a broad range of critics, novelists, and readers, courted comparisons to Faulkner and Joyce, and made him the youngest recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award. Now McManus returns with a collection of stories equally piercing and visionary.

Born on a Train is the fulmination of McManus's growing talent—stories about the young and old, compromised by circumstance and curiosity, and undergoing startling transformations. In "Eastbound," a car driven by two elderly sisters breaks down on an elevated highway; beneath them lies the lost country of the South, overran with concrete and shopping centers but still possessing the specters of the past. In "Brood," a plucky young heroine moves with her mother into the home of the mother's on-line boyfriend; she will use the Audubon Guide to Birds, and her own wits, to survive the advances the boyfriend's teenaged son. In "Cowrie," two backpackers in New Zealand race to witness the first sunrise of the twenty-first century.

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Praise for Born on a Train

"McManus's nervewracking prose has great pitch and daring . . . He's a wildly talented writer."—Joy Williams, author State of Grace and The Quick and the Dead

"These are stories that hit hard enough to bloody your nose."—Pinckney Benedict, author of Gods of God

"McManus writes like he is inventing a new language on pure guts . . . Here is life raw and edgy and visceral. Here is the accident of beauty."—Michael Knight, author of Divining Rod and Dogfight
"[A] collection of varied locations, varied character types, and wonderfully unique story ideas . . . Throughout the collection McManus [gives us] more than just a straightforward story . . . [This book shows] a true advancement of the level of McManus' writing."—EmergingWriters.net

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John McManus’s stories have appeared in the Oxford American, Tin House, and Ploughshares. He was raised in Blount County, Tennessee, and now lives in Austin, Texas.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John McManus

  • John McManus’s stories have appeared in the Oxford American, Tin House, and Ploughshares. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Stop Breakin Down, a collection of short stories. McManus was raised in Blount County, Tennessee, and now lives in Austin, Texas.
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