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Turtleface and Beyond: Stories

By Arthur Bradford

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 below the 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 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. Big-hearted and hilariously high-fueled, Turtleface and Beyond marks the return of a beloved and unforgettable voice in fiction.



    REVIEW QUOTES
Praise for "Dogwalker ""Sweet, haunting, resonant, generous, and true the way only the very strange is true." --David Foster Wallace "Quite simply the mutt's nuts: One of the funniest, smartest writers at work in America today." --Zadie Smith "His stories run on childlike wonder, mitigated by the many mutations of adulthood." --Dave Eggers
Praise for "Dogwalker ""Sweet, haunting, resonant, generous, and true the way only the very strange is true." --David Foster Wallace "Quite simply the mutt's nuts: One of the funniest, smartest writers at work in America today." --Zadie Smith "His stories run on childlike wonder, mitigated by the many mutations of adulthood." --Dave Eggers



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Publisher Not available
Publish date 11/08/2016
Pages 208
ISBN-13 9781250097453
ISBN-10 1250097452
Language English

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