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Stranger in This World, a (1994) [Collection]
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In this extraordinary collection, Canty portrays - with frightening calm - the unpredictable darkness of everyday life. Canty describes territory we all know well, but with a twist; his characters live on the verge of the unthinkable. Each voice rings unforgettably true: in "Pretty Judy," a young boy is caught in an obsessive sexual relationship with a mentally retarded neighbor; in "The Victim," a telephone sales operator's chance encounter with a deranged drunken driver leads her and her boyfriend to unimaginable actions. From the misadventures of an alcoholic plant worker trying to go straight ("Junk") to a stoned suburban lifeguard whose fantasies about a Mrs. Robinson-like older woman almost result in tragedy ("Blue Boy"), in this gripping and original collection Canty invites the reader into an uncharted world of risk-taking and danger. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, these stories explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is, between - as the narrator of "The King of the Elephants" sees it - a horizon "full of Western stars, cold and distinct," and "this mottled, milky Southern sky."


  • King of the Elephants
  • Dogs
  • Pretty Judy
  • The Victim
  • Junk
  • Moonbeams and Aspirin
  • Safety
  • Great Falls, 1966
  • Blue Boy
  • A Stranger in This World

Original title: A Stranger in This World
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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Edition #1: Stranger in This World, a

Stranger in This World, a (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Superb...These tautly structured stories breathe with sharp, distilled intelligence, mingling recognition with surprise." New York Times Book Review
  • "These are lean, powerful stories, which is not to say they are lacking in tenderness. Canty knows how to hurt us the way Flannery O'Connor did." Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Stranger in This World, a (May 1995)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780679763949
Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.2 x .55 in
Pages: 192

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