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Bin Laden's Bald Spot and Other Stories

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ISBN-10: 1597099155

ISBN-13: 9781597099158

Edition: 2011

Authors: Brian Doyle

List price: $16.95
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Welcome to the peculiar and headlong world of Brian Doyle's fiction, where the odd is happening all the time, reported upon by characters of every sort and stripe. Swirling voices and skeins of story, laughter and rage, ferocious attention to detail and sweeping nuttiness, tears and chortling-these stories will remind readers of the late giant David Foster Wallace, in their straightforward accounts of anything-but-straightforward events; of modern short story pioneer Raymond Carver, a bit, in their blunt, unadorned dialogue; and of Julia Whitty, a bit, in their willingness to believe what is happening, even if it absolutely shouldn't be. Funny, piercing, unique, memorable, this is a collection of stories readers will find nearly impossible to forget: ... The barber who shaves the heads of the thugs in Bin Laden's cave tells cheerful stories of life with the preening video-obsessed leader, who has a bald spot shaped just like Iceland. ... A husband gathers all of his wife's previous boyfriends for a long day on a winery-touring bus. ... A teenage boy drives off into the sunset with his troubled sister's small daughters&and the loser husband locked in the trunk of the car. ... The late Joseph Kennedy pours out his heart to a golf-course bartender moments before the stroke that silenced him forever. & A man digging in his garden finds a brand-new baby boy, still alive, and has a chat with the teenage neighbor girl whose son it is. ... A man born on a Greyhound bus eventually buys the entire Greyhound Bus Company and revolutionizes Western civilization. ... A mountainous bishop dies and the counting of the various keys to his house turns& tense. ... A man discovers his wife having an affair, takes up running to grapple with his emotions, and discovers everyone else on the road is a cuckold too. And many others.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 10/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Brian James Patrick Doyle was born in New York on November 6, 1956. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame 1978. He worked for several magazines including U.S. Catholic, Boston College Magazine, and Portland Magazine, which he was editor of from 1991 until his death. His books included Mink River, Martin Marten, Bin Laden's Bald Spot, Children and Other Wild Animals, Prayer for Cashiers and Checkout-Counter Folks, and The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson. He died Saturday from complications related to a brain tumor on May 27, 2017 at the age of 60.