Staggerwing: Stories by Alice Kaltman by Alice KaltmanStaggerwing: Stories by Alice Kaltman by Alice Kaltman

Staggerwing: Stories by Alice Kaltman

byAlice KaltmanEditorLeanna Gruhn

Paperback | September 14, 2016

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This irresistible collection of stories brilliantly skewers the close-to-rich and not-so-famous of 21st century America. With keen yet kind perspective, Kaltman revels in the triumphs and travails of misfit trophy wives, psychic hotel maids, jilted bridegrooms, showtune-singing security guards, and assorted other oddballs. Always balancing her sharp eye with a soft heart, Kaltman ensures that this collection isn't just funny, but memorable and lovable as well.

Alice Kaltman is a writer and surfer who splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York. Her short fiction appears in numerous journals including Joyland, Whiskey Paper, Storychord, The Stockholm Review, the Atticus Review, and Chicago Literati, and in print anthologies including Tortoise Books' "The Pleasure You Suffer". Her w...
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Title:Staggerwing: Stories by Alice KaltmanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.57 inPublished:September 14, 2016Publisher:GERALD D BRENNAN DBA TORTOISE BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986092274

ISBN - 13:9780986092275

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"I needed a goddamn purpose," kicks off the crackling debut collection by Alice Kaltman. Her characters, united in their desire for that elusive something, take to the existential (if misguided) hunt with adept and incisive Kaltman leading the way. What they find and what they discover about themselves -- be it in a dank basement or a honeymoon suite, the heart of organic Brooklyn or retirement Florida, on a snowy suburban expressway or a swimming hole in the woods -- is often hilarious and always full of heart. Kaltman is a pro at holding contemporary culture up to a fun house mirror. The staggering result is Staggerwing: eleven irresistible stories that are equal parts witty, quirky, keenly observed, and absolutely bursting with life.- Sara Lippmann, author of "Doll Palace"Quirky and whip-smart, the eleven stories in Alice Kaltman's first collection Staggerwing are graced with her exquisite, singular voice. My advice: Read this book.- Peter Hedges, author of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"Alice Kaltman's stories of loneliness, joy, men, women, and relationships are pared down and perfectly observed. With a voice that is as tender as it is precise, Kaltman is the Chekhov of Long Island.- Emily Schultz, author of "The Blondes"If you like your chocolate spiked with rum and chili pepper, search no further. "Staggerwing" is the book for you. Beneath the perfect fronts of suburban houses, mommy groups, honeymoon suites, and bike rides in Vermont, Alice Kaltman's sharply drawn misfits and discontents are geniuses at bettering life's odds. Once lassoed by Kaltman's wit and sense of humor, the pretentious may squirm, but Alice is also a writer never without compassion and generosity in these dazzling portraits of contemporary life.- Susan Daitch, author of "The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir"Alice Kaltman's "Staggerwing" is a hilarious, thrilling and moving debut. These unique stories beg to be read and laughed at out loud. I heartily suggest you dive in with these dazzling characters as they search for their moments of grace.- Hope Davis, actress and host of "Selected Shorts"The stories in Alice Kaltman's collection have teeth--each one surprising, thrilling and laugh-out-loud funny. The unlikely heroes and heroines in "Staggerwing" are not afraid to bare their pain, longing and outrage, and with an honesty that reminds us how the absurdity of life is at once beautiful and hilarious. Alice Kaltman is a whip-smart and daring writer, and "Staggerwing" is an outstanding collection.- Julia Fierro, author of the novels "Cutting Teeth" and "The Gypsy Moth Summer"