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Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W and So Forth by Patricia Lear

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Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W and So Forth by Patricia Lear

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Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W and So Forth by Patricia Lear

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Patricia Lear is a wonderful writer. She is also a wonderful storyteller. When you begin to read these stories in this collection, you will think you are sitting across from her, cozied up someplace, listening to her tell you story after story in a way that seems as if she will die if you don’t listen, for they are that important. This assortment of confidences and remembrances and make-do ways of commemorating ordinary life for its extraordinary visions and lessons, rush on with a charm and invention entirely their own. As Michiko Kakutani said in the New York Times, “it's clear from ‘Stardust, 7-Eleven’ that Ms. Lear knows how to dazzle the reader with words. She knows how to make her prose spin, dance and loop back on itself, like an ice skater executing impossible moves.”


"Her striking style in  Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W, and So Forth, a debut collection of short stories, is a wild mixture of jazzy syncopated syntax, down-home insight and far-out yet oddly believable, likable characters...At her best, in "After Memphis"--surely one of the finest American stories ever written -- it all works." --New York Times Book Review

"Lear puts a spin on her sentences such that they, and the glorious stories they add up to, sound like no one else's. Sexy, evocative, enduring." --Amy Hempel