Tales of Falling and Flying

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'Outside, the night is chilly but clear. The moon is shining, and the hedges seem to glow. The woman steps forward, stares up at the sky. I guess, she says, tomorrow won't do. She slips off her slippers, and sets them by the door, and then she takes a very deep breath. And she closes her eyes, and steps off the porch. 

Oh, she says, as she feels a little lift.'

With the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection, Stories for Nighttime and Some of the Day, Ben Loory returns with forty more timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris, or cephalopods fixated on space travel. 

A propulsive, exquisite language complements a vast imagination, and Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work, proving Ben Loory is one of the most innovative short-story writers working today. 


Condition: Pre-loved book. In good condition.

Format: Paperback
Year published: 2017

Pages: 196
Short stories, fantasy
Imprint: Penguin Books

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