Eveningland: Stories

Eveningland Stories Michael Knight is than a master of the short story He knows the true pace of life and does not cheat it all the while offering whopping entertainment Barry HannahLong considered a master of the form

  • Title: Eveningland: Stories
  • Author: Michael Knight
  • ISBN: 9780802125972
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Michael Knight is than a master of the short story He knows the true pace of life and does not cheat it, all the while offering whopping entertainment Barry HannahLong considered a master of the form and an essential voice in American fiction, Michael Knight s stories have been lauded by writers such Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barry Hannah, and Richard Bausc Michael Knight is than a master of the short story He knows the true pace of life and does not cheat it, all the while offering whopping entertainment Barry HannahLong considered a master of the form and an essential voice in American fiction, Michael Knight s stories have been lauded by writers such Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barry Hannah, and Richard Bausch Now, with Eveningland he returns to the form that launched his career, delivering an arresting collection of interlinked stories set among the right kind of Mobile family in the years preceding a devastating hurricane.Grappling with dramas both epic and personal, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the unspeakable misgivings of contentment, Eveningland captures with crystalline poeticism and perfect authenticity of place the ways in which ordinary life astounds us with its complexity A teenaged girl with a taste for violence holds a burglar hostage in her house on New Year s Eve a middle aged couple examines the intricacies of their marriage as they prepare to throw a party and a real estate mogul in the throes of grief buys up all the property on an island only to be accused of madness by his daughters These stories, told with economy and precision, infused with humor and pathos, excavate brilliantly the latent desires and motivations that drive life forward.Eveningland is a luminous collection from a writer of the first rank Esquire

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    1. The first thing I noticed when I started reading was how smooth the prose was, it immediately put me at ease and I felt that I was in the hands of an author I could trust These stories are set in Alabama, the characters are white and seem to be from the more privileged families of the area. Throughout these stories they come to some kind of understanding with themselves, these are brief glimpses into a particular time, event in their lives.I loved the first story, Oil and Water, a snapshot of te [...]

    2. I'd rate this 4.5 stars.I don't know about you, but I have a list (both mental and written) of authors whose work I have enjoyed through the years, and from time to time I check all of the book-related websites to see if any of these people have books coming out in the near future. Some of these authors are more prolific so I don't have to wait a long time between books, but others keep me waiting for years, and in certain cases I wonder whether they're even planning to write another book.I foun [...]

    3. 4.5 Stars rounded up The seven stories in Eveningland are set in Alabama. Michael Knight clearly knows the ins and outs of his state, the way it draws people in. In the same way his stories draw the reader in. There is a loose connection, links, between the stories, reflections of lives lived along the Gulf Coast, told with the unmistakable essence of those who actually do live there. Water and Oil – 5 StarsA lovely and moving coming-of-age story about a young man, still a boy to his father - [...]

    4. Eveningland is a small collection of seven short stories set in contemporary Alabama, a place I've never been. I like fiction that gives me a sense of place, especially when it conveys ordinariness or realness rather than playing on stereotypes or the grandiose. And that's what reading Eveningland felt like, although it is clearly a peek into a substrata of contemporary Alabama. The protagonists tend to be white, middle class and middle aged. Despite this similarity between the characters, each [...]

    5. Rating: 4* of fiveI can't, in good conscience, rate the book less than four stars, but I feel as though I should. If I'm honest with myself and y'all, I can think of a dozen books like this one that I've read this year alone. Lovely sentences, look at the quotes I've added, and profound thoughts that make all the sense in the world to me in my après vie. But the whole isn't as satisfying as its parts led me to believe it would be.Again I am let down by my inability to trust the perfect signal i [...]

    6. Eveningland Gleams Like Moonbeams on Mobile BayA great writer creates stories that refresh our perceptions. Familiarity often blinds us to the beauty of the world around us, so that when the "writer shakes up the familiar scene," it is "as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it." (Anais Nin).Moon over Mobile, AlabamaI'm not going out on a limb in calling Michael Knight a wizard of Mobile Bay. After all, his "Eveningland: Stories," a "story cycle" comprised of six short stories and a novella set [...]

    7. PERFECT!!!!! Complete PERFECTION!!!!I can't begin to express how thrilled I am to have read these marvelous stories. I had never heard or read anything by Michael Knight before. He's the PERFECT .type of writer for me: PERFECT. Should I say that again? PERFECT!!!I'm excited to have discovered he has written"The Typist", "Divining Road", "The Holiday Season", "Dog Fight", and "Goodnight, Nobody". I want to read all of them!!!!Having discovered such a wonderful -fit-author for myself (I'm complete [...]

    8. Eveningland is a collection of seven loosely-connected short stories set in Alabama. Each story is unique, but they all share a certain relaxed and melancholy tone. These characters are experiencing the Big Stuff like marriage, love, death, and grief, but their "real" stories are communicated through the sweet and simple little nothings of their daily lives. This is a book of detailed moments that hint at the bigger picture without ever totally revealing it. Every story left me wondering, curiou [...]

    9. A collection of short stories, so powerfully written made a significant impact on me as a reader. Seven different stories that take place at Knight's native Alabama showcases the relationships on different levels. My favorites are "Smash and Grab" where a robber is held by a teenage girl and leaves him surprised at every step. "Our lady of Roses" where an art teacher questions faith and life. "The king of Dauphin Island", the 6th richest man in State of Alabama tries to buy an Island when hesuff [...]

    10. This collection of 6 short stories and a novella by Michael Knight is very well written. The stories take place around Mobile Bay, Alabama, and Knight is able to evoke a memorable sense of place in all the stories. We meet human beings in crisis--a teenager holding a burglar hostage while she decides what to do with him, a husband confronting his unfaithful wife and her lover, a widower acting out of grief to the great concern of his daughters. "Landfall" is the title of the novella, and in this [...]

    11. It was OK. It was all about rich white people in Mobile. I am a white person from Alabama so a lot of it was slightly nostalgic for me in a way that I both enjoyed and resented. The last story, the long one, is pretty good. I feel like he could have just published that one like a novella and it would have been better. The rest sound like they come from an undergrad creative writing class. A lot of telling and not a lot of showing. Cheesy characters. Quick read, some good ideas, not a waste of ti [...]

    12. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A book of seven short stories all taking place in Alabama. No, they aren't about incest, rednecks, or whatever "southern" stereotype you're thinking of. They're all just people who wish they had life figured out, but don't and aren't really on the path to do it. The strongest stories for me were: Smash and Grab - a burglar and his WTF break-in Our Lady of the Roses- a teacher having a quarter-life crisis The King of Dauphin Isl [...]

    13. Each of these short stories (7 in all) is achingly bland & ultimately forgettable. Taking Mobile, Alabama as their setting feels like the only uniqueness but even that fails to rise even to the level of local color.

    14. Every once in a while, short stories provide a pause that refreshes. Michael Knight provides a collection that more than fits the bill. All set in Southern Alabama as the area prepares for a hurricane, the stories all explore the different paths people take to discover who they really are and what is important in their lives. So, take a pause from those 500 page doorstops and enjoy.

    15. Michael Knight's a collection of short stories gives us the flavor of the many attributes of the city Mobile Alabama and a taste of some of its varied inhabitants, with some wild weather (both literally and figuratively) thrown in for good measure. See what I thought of these stories in my review of "Eveningland" here. drchazan/2017/03/

    16. Eveningland is a wonderful collection of stories that caught my imagination right from the first page. As a short story writer myself, it is a joy to read works by someone who is such an expert in the form. Every tale is beautifully paced and structured, with just the right amount of description and character development to draw the reader in. I particularly love the way the stories are all set within the same place, with minor characters that reappear again and again, linking the individual tal [...]

    17. A lovely book full of short stories set in and around Mobile, Alabama that move at the languid, ponderous pace of so much of the South. The stories predominantly center on "the right sort" of Mobile families (the types that have had the same land in their families since before the Civil War) and Knight captures so much of the ennui and loneliness that his characters feel in a world that it changing due to oil spills, a slowing economy and an unstoppable hurricane.

    18. While I'm late in reviewing this book, I can say I enjoyed the short stories which were interconnected and took place in Alabama. Probably the best of the stories was the longest, novella one. What is lacking however are stories of more diversity in Alabama.

    19. Michael Knight is a very satisfying short story writer. Making Mobile, Alabama, as interesting as he does here in Eveningland is a testament to his great abilities.

    20. I️ loved these short stories and the author is my next door neighbor! If you haven’t read Michael Knight, try him. The NYT compared him to some pretty great writers.

    21. This book is a fantastic collection of short stories beating with the pulse of a place close to my heart, Mobile Bay. The stories don't punch like, say, Flannery O'Connor's would, but they drift dreamily into one another while telling the secrets of those living "lives of quiet desperation." A melancholy mood persists throughout almost the whole collection, maybe at times just wistfulness, but that feeling is strongly countered by adaptation and survival. I heartily recommend this book to ease t [...]

    22. A good collection Story #1 Water and OilThis is the first story in the book, it begins and is told like an old country song. About a boy and his first love, and his first heart break. His transition into becoming a man, and the inevitability of his future loves and losses.It was written in a descriptive prose, this was consistent throughout the story. We learn about the boy, through an older man who serves as a narrator for the tale:'The boy’s name was Henry Rufus Bragg and though he was seven [...]

    23. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I was intrigued by the setting since I was born and raised in Mobile, AL. I moved to Atlanta in 2005 and honestly never looked back. That does not mean I am not cursed with occasional bouts of homesickness for the Port City. Usually, glancing at Facebook political posts is the remedy but the pangs really hit during Mardi Gras season. Nothing makes me long for the city of my birth like cheap plastic beads, moon pies, and serpentine. Luckily, I came acr [...]

    24. A very enjoyable book of short stories all taking place in the Mobile AL area. The characters in each story are diverse, deep and thoughtfully written, giving insights into people from widely diverse backgrounds but similar emotions.Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    25. Michael Knight can do no wrong. These stories vibrate, shimmer, and resonate. A native of Mobile, AL who has made his home in Knoxville, TN for the better part of two decades, you get the sense that Michael Knight doesn't pass a day without missing home. He writes about his native land with clear-eyed reverence and deep, abiding love, and he knows this milieu very well. These are subtle, elegant stories, in the tradition of Knight's literary heroes, especially Peter Taylor and Walker Percy. He h [...]

    26. This more a three and a half star book, but I'm rounding up because I really like the cover."Eveningland" is a collection of seven stories that are based in the same Mobile area, among the same type of citizen: the rich, white, Republican citizens that really are enveloped in their problems. Michael Knight is a superb writer and story teller, and these stories are flawless to the most part, but the subject matter, particularly the older married couple stories, feel well worn and comfortable. I w [...]

    27. Written in a quiet voice and somewhat slow pace that match the region of the country in which they are set, the stories of Eveningland are accessible and filled with relatable characters. I felt a paternal concern and cautious optimism for the boy in “Oil and Water.” As a man approaching a significant birthday, I easily fell into the rhythm of "Jubilee." As someone who has endured more Gulf Coast storm watches than I care to remember, I followed intently as the multiple storylines in “Land [...]

    28. I really, really wanted to like this book. An entire book of short stories from my home state was so compelling that I downloaded it immediately. The first story was engaging and I was enjoying it until the end. Then the second, third, fourth I began to see a pattern. The stories proved to be compelling and drew me in, but the endings of almost all of the stories in this collection were so abrupt as to be disappointing. There was so much more to be investigated, more story to be told, addition [...]

    29. This book was nothing like I expected. The book is broken up into different stories. Each one is unique and exceptionally written. Some of the stories started in a way I thought I knew how it was going to end. Nope!! Brilliant. And I loved them all.

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