Cassingle: Five Stories

Cassingle: Five Stories

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10,297 words (≈ 41 minutes)

A follow-up to 2006's Single, Cassingle is a collection of stories that originally appeared in Fence, McSweeney's, Bridge: Stories & Ideas, and Twelve Stories. Toronto's Eye Weekly wrote of Cassingle, "No matter the cut, this is writing that speaks American, in all its complexity."

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MoxieMezcal (7 books)
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 06:54:26 +0100

Jim writes the kind of stories that sneak up on you. Unassuming at first, they don't fire out of the gate with a lot of fanfare and bluster. They are simple stories, elegantly told, that stay with you long after you've put them down. My personal favorite is "July 4: Easter", which deftly manages to weave together issues of love, relationship power dynamics, guilt, vindictiveness, tradition, and ceremony.

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:51:09 +0100

The Guest and Nose make me very happy, as do all of Jim's stories. His economy and never-absent wit make the arrival of one of his tales the cause of much celebration. I shall be lugging out the old boom box and popping in this cassingle to listen to the new ones all over again. That's how these e-reader things work, right?

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Language: English

Written in: 2009

Published: 2009-11-08

Word count: 10,297 words (≈ 41 minutes)

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A native of northern Kentucky, I spent the 1990s in Memphis before moving to New York. I am the author of Why They Cried, an e-book collection of short stories out now from Joyland and ECW Press. The collection includes versions of five stories that were first distributed via Feedbooks--both stories from Single and three from Cassingle--plus five additional stories. My nonfiction and humor pieces, meanwhile, have appeared in Slate, Radar, Print, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post.

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