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- DescriptionI read this so fast I got blisters turning pages. The Red Shoes is so astonishingly good, original, beautiful and amazing... I think The Red Shoes is a great work of art. -Kate Christensen, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Best American Work of Fiction Award for The Great Man In The Red Shoes, narrator John Laith is mourning the untimely death of his partner, Frank, and is trying to recover from that loss. An active participant in a Twelve Step grief recovery group, he has a loving, supportive network of friends. Yet he feels something is missing, an ability to put his sorrow aside and once again feel the full force of life, its promise of excitement and abandon. An opportunity presents itself in the form of a present given to him-a pair of shiny red shoes-by a handsome eighteen-year-old modern dancer, who failed to make his mark in the city as an artist. When Laith helps him following an assault, the dancer has thing to offer by way of thanks except his red shoes. Laith w possesses the sparkling red shoes. Or perhaps they possess him-propelling him on a perilous journey through both the affluent and seedy sides of a vividly brought to life Manhattan at the turn of the millennium. An incent in a sinister underworld, Laith tries to survive his newfound ties to unpredictable and chillingly unforgettable characters. Laith inexplicably cant escape his fascination with exploring the dark side. Is it because of the terrible magical powers of those red shoes? Or is it because of some hidden desire within himself? A riveting battle between the sacred and the profane is at war inside him-and in the end there comes a shocking moment of realization where he must finally choose between them.
- Author BiographyJohn Stewart Wynne is the author of novels, short stories and poetry. His writing often depicts characters in extremis, outsiders adrift in a conformist landscape, in plots that successfully juxtapose the surreal and naturalistic. He has been hailed as the heir apparent to the tradition of outsider art exemplified by Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers and Truman Capote. Wynne's writing has been praised for its audacious originality, its beautiful imagery, the astute asides and wry observations of his characters, and his highly charged but often darkly comic mise-en-scenes--all of which are present in his new novel The Red Shoes. His short story collection The Other World (City Lights) was hailed as one of the best books of the decade by The James White Review. Peopled with circus performers, sociopaths, cross-dressing teenagers and God-fearing families, these stories have a hallucinatory edge, making the everyday seem like another world. Details Magazine wrote, Wynne's prose is chiseled and precise. And in pages that tremble with beauty, Wynne gracefully reveals the darker side of human possibilities. Booklist called it startling, outrageous, frightening and sometimes even funny. National Book Award-winner Paul Monette wrote, With so much sentimental fiction coming out, Wynne's stories are like a plunge in cold water with a near-Brechtian intensity of focus and an infallible ear for dialogue. Lambda Award-winner Rebecca Brown called it an incredibly powerful book. The author lives in New York, NY.
- Author(s)John Wynne
- PublisherRiverdale Avenue Books
- Date of Publication19/06/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRiverdale Avenue Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight503 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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