Detroit Tales

by Jim Ray Daniels

Michigan State University Press | March 31, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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The stories in Detroit Tales are tales about urban, working- class America. People struggle both to remain in the city and to escape the city. The three central motifs of this collection are the city, the workplace, and the automobile. In their cars, people negotiate the territory between work and home. Conflicts arise in the characters' impulses to veer off their well-worn paths. What can they do? Where can they go? What forces pull them away, and what forces pull them back? The characters search for what can provide spiritual sustenance. Often, the relief from the drudgery of their daily lives is provided in the fleeting dazzle of fireworks or Christmas lights, but they take what they can. If these stories have one unifying theme, it is that escape is not the answer. When the pulls of friendship and love and personal responsibility draw us back to our ordinary homes and our ordinary jobs, we must trust those pulls, and we must lead those lives with as much dignity as we can muster.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 184 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: March 31, 2003

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0870136623

ISBN - 13: 9780870136627

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Detroit Tales

Detroit Tales

by Jim Ray Daniels

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 184 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: March 31, 2003

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0870136623

ISBN - 13: 9780870136627

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The stories in Detroit Tales are tales about urban, working- class America. People struggle both to remain in the city and to escape the city. The three central motifs of this collection are the city, the workplace, and the automobile. In their cars, people negotiate the territory between work and home. Conflicts arise in the characters' impulses to veer off their well-worn paths. What can they do? Where can they go? What forces pull them away, and what forces pull them back? The characters search for what can provide spiritual sustenance. Often, the relief from the drudgery of their daily lives is provided in the fleeting dazzle of fireworks or Christmas lights, but they take what they can. If these stories have one unifying theme, it is that escape is not the answer. When the pulls of friendship and love and personal responsibility draw us back to our ordinary homes and our ordinary jobs, we must trust those pulls, and we must lead those lives with as much dignity as we can muster.

 

About the Author

Jim Ray Daniels is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. He has published three previous collections of short stories and received the Best Regional Fiction Gold Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

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