1979: short story collection

short story collection In these thirteen stories Steve Anderson captures what it meant to come of age in the late s in working class America From a family s West Virginia oil wells to trekking through abandoned small t

  • Title: 1979: short story collection
  • Author: SteveAnderson
  • ISBN: 9781511417808
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • In these thirteen stories, Steve Anderson captures what it meant to come of age in the late 1970s in working class America From a family s West Virginia oil wells to trekking through abandoned small town factories, to a Nevada campground vacation, adolescents find love, strengthen friendships, and create adventures Each story is tinged with the stark challenges and raw bIn these thirteen stories, Steve Anderson captures what it meant to come of age in the late 1970s in working class America From a family s West Virginia oil wells to trekking through abandoned small town factories, to a Nevada campground vacation, adolescents find love, strengthen friendships, and create adventures Each story is tinged with the stark challenges and raw beauty of growing up in a rural, post Vietnam world of shuttered mills and sprawling train tracks Freedom comes from trying to purchase beer underage, stealing a friend s dad s rusted work car for a joyride, and creating the world s fastest sled for racing down a sheer quarry slope There are stories of first love as well, captured against desert backdrops and in motel arcades Most of all, this collection is about finding one s way to adulthood in a richly revealed time and place in America s Midwest.

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    1. I think this collection resonated with me particularly because it is set in sleepy, small towns. Its images of train tracks and tall grass blowing in the breeze made me recall growing up, tumbling through weeds and creeks in rural Arkansas.One story in particular felt particularly close to me, Melvin. It's MC, Shelby, reminds me of the rough and tumble little girls I used to pal around with. Her young mind deals with a lot of heavy material, and that too felt familiar to me. Growing up in the So [...]

    2. 1979: short story collection is an anthology of thirteen coming of age stories set in America.The protagonist's in each story are experiencing the confusion, angst and exhilaration of adolescence. Each story is a novel in miniature, full of characters that could easily be expanded and developed and written in such a vivid way that I'm sure readers will find themselves being transported back into their own childhoods when they had, or witnessed similar encounters.The writing is picturesque and de [...]

    3. Having been born in 1978 I was just a babe in the 70's. While I've heard many stories from older friends and family, this is the way one should learn about growing up during that time. I found a connection with each of the 13 stories in this anthology. Each story is short which is reminiscent of times when my cousins and I sat on the floor and listened to my parents and grandparents tell us stories of the good ole days. Except in this case, it wasn't that long ago. It's interesting to me to read [...]

    4. I grew up in the 1970s and the language is not authentic. For example, one teen guy calls another "dude". People would refer to a man as a dude, i.e. "she left the bar with some dude", but they didn't address one another as dude. It would have been "Man" as in "Don't call me that, man." Also, someone says that someone else has "ADD". No one used that term in the 70s. I don't think the condition had even been diagnosed in anyone back then. I couldn't get past the first story partly because of the [...]

    5. Comprised of 13 tales, Steve Anderson's charming "1979" is a satisfying read through and through. These tales all depict coming-of-age for several characters in the deep of working-class America. However, the setting is only a stand-in for the universal feelings and themes that are introduced in each of the short stories, rife with characters who are tackling the difficult road to adulthood and coming to terms of understanding what their lot in life might be.At the cusp of the decade that would [...]

    6. In this collection of short stories, Steven Anderson takes you on a ride through 1979.In "Garage Wine," a couple of teens take a crack at booze-making. A side-burned stranger regales a little girl with tales of his boyhood in "Melvin." With elements like railroad tracks, mill yards, and rafts, I wondered what part of the country these stories were taking place. Was it Kansas or something? I liked how the Southern, country-style dialogue was rendered in true, raw form, similar to what you'd find [...]

    7. The best thing I can say about a short story is when it makes me want to read more about the characters or the storyline. Steve Anderson has written a group of stories that do exactly that.Set in various parts of the country, mostly the Midwest, Anderson recreates the mood and sense of the late 70’s. While each story stands alone, there is a common thread of innocence and naivete about each of the main characters. I found myself relating to every story as they invoked a memory from my life.And [...]

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