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Now considered a contemporary classic, Airships was honored by Esquire magazine with the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award. The twenty stories in this collection are a fresh, exuberant celebration of the new American South - a land of high school band contests, where good old boys from Vicksurg are reunited in Vietnam and petty nostalgia and the constant pain of disappointed love prevail. Airships is a striking demonstration of Barry Hannah's mature and original talent.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9781555846428
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Nov 25, 2015

According to Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove"), Barry Hannah is "the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O'Connor." According to Philip Roth, "Hannah is more than just a new voice--he is half a dozen brilliant new voices." That's a lot to live up to, and you can really fault this story collection if it falls a little short of the hyperbole. Published in 1978, many of the stories first appeared in "Esquire," which is where I heard about this book. It can be seen as part of the "dirty realism" school and has some similarities with Thomas McGuane and Raymond Carver, with whom Hannah shared an editor. A few stories are set in Vietnam. "We're not simple animals. There's a god in every one of us, if we find him."-"Dragged Fighting From His Tomb"

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