Flings: Stories by Justin TaylorFlings: Stories by Justin Taylor

Flings: Stories

byJustin Taylor

Hardcover | August 19, 2014

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The acclaimed author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy makes his hardcover debut with a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity.

In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.

A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car, and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends try to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from—and back toward—each other by the choices they make. A boy’s friendship with a pair of identical twins undergoes a strange and tragic evolution over the course of adolescence. A promising academic and her fiancée attempt to finish their dissertations, but struggle with writer’s block, a nasty secret, and their own expert knowledge of Freud.

From an East Village rooftop to a cabin in Tennessee, from the Florida suburbs to Hong Kong, Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his characters, Flings is a commanding work of fiction that captures the contemporary search for identity, connection, and a place to call home.

Justin Taylor is the author of the story collectionEverything Here Is the Best Thing Everand the novelThe Gospel of Anarchy. He lives in New York City.
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Title:Flings: StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062310151

ISBN - 13:9780062310156

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“It’s an insane idea, but Taylor pulls it off. . . . [A] beautiful meeting of Don Delillo, Philip Roth and Aaron Cometbus.”