The Brink: Stories by Austin BunnThe Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn

The Brink: Stories

byAustin Bunn

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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A brilliant, inventive debut story collection in the vein of Kevin Wilson and Wells Tower.

Brimming with life and unforgettable voices, the stories in Austin Bunn’s dazzling collection explore the existential question: what happens at “the end” and what lies beyond it? In the wry but affecting “How to Win an Unwinnable War,” a summer class on nuclear war for gifted teenagers turns a struggling family upside down. A young couple’s idyllic beach honeymoon is interrupted by terrorism in the lush, haunting “Getting There and Away.” When an immersive videogame begins turning off in the heartbreaking “Griefer,” an obsessive player falls in love with a mysterious player in the final hours of a world.

Told in a stunning range of voices, styles, and settings—from inside the Hale-Bopp cult to the deck of a conquistador’s galleon adrift at the end of the ocean—the stories in Bunn’s collection capture the transformations and discoveries at the edge of irrevocable change. Each tale presents a distinct world, told with deep emotion, energizing language, and characters with whom we have more in common that we realize. They signal the arrival of an astonishing new talent in short fiction.

Austin Bunn is a fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and former journalist. His writing has appeared inThe Atlantic Monthly,Zoetrope,The New York Times Magazine,Wired,Best American Science and Nature Writing,The Pushcart Prize, and elsewhere. He cowrote the screenplay toKill Your Darlings(Sony Pictures Classics), starring Daniel ...
Title:The Brink: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062362615

ISBN - 13:9780062362612

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“Austin Bunn’s debut is an impressively taut work, delving into a variety of topics, including Cold War anxiety and childhood politics. It’s a remarkably well-made and well-assembled collection.”