A collection of coming-of-age stories that reflect the diversity of the city and its metropolitan area. The book memorably explores culture, social identity, and personal growth through the eyes of Chicagoans, affirming that we each hold the ability to shape the places in which we live and write and read as much as those places shape us.
Nineteen tales of growing up, wising up and falling in love. Spanning more than three decades of prize-winning work. By a North American master of the short story. What are you waiting for? Where memory collides with imagination. And where seduction is the order of the day.
Do Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world? Is there something not quite right about the way they see things? For such a normal place, the heartland has produced some writers who take an individual approach to storytelling. This book contains 33 tales that showcase the wonderful vision of some of the region's best-known writers.
The principal longer stories of this collection alternate with shorter stories. All the stories are about paradoxes - the sense of being foreign in a city that insists on assimilation, the borders between art and life, between religion and sex and between memory and the future.