Thunderstruck & Other Stories - Elizabeth McCracken

Observing the way a grieving mother “leapt down and then had to be yanked out of the hole like a weed,” or how, to a man who hadn’t driven in a month, cars “looked like wild animals,” Elizabeth McCracken combines wit with an unflinching gaze into the abyss, crafting unnerving moments that will appeal to fans of Lorrie Moore’s similarly astringent touch. Thunderstruck (Dial, $26) is full of deaths—but life is the force to be reckoned with; “the world goes on. The world will,” its flow like water surging over and around obstacles, gaining texture and resonance from the bumps in its path. People are lost, but never entirely: a dead girl named Missy Goodby animates her schoolmates’ imaginations, transcending familiar images of ghosts; a nondescript woman becomes an enduring mystery when no one can explain her disappearance; a teenager is “completely revised” by a head injury. Parents face the impossible task of shielding their children—and themselves—from the painful lessons they must learn, and, knowing that “the body’s a bucket and liable to slosh,” McCracken takes pains to describe houses and clothing, as if looking for what can contain life’s spillover.

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ISBN: 9780812987676
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 18th, 2015