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OUR BYZANTIUM
SKINNY DIPPING IN THE LAKE OF THE DEAD
IF I LEAP
THE FOURTH
THE CENTAUR
THE CALIBER
THE EXCAVATION
A KEEPER
FUMING WOMAN
THE FRIENDLY GIANTS
QUIVER
CHILD ASSASSIN
THE EXCHANGES
SALTING THE MAP
HOME OF THE
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Alan DeNiro, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead: Stories

Alan DeNiro, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead: Stories

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SKINNY DIPPING IN THE LAKE OF THE DEAD: Stories, by Alan DeNiro "This is a great debut collection of loopy, off-the-wall, and still-somehow-packing-emotional-weight stories; DeNiro can weld words into some mighty strange configurations."

Crawford Award finalist
Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is Minneapolis-based poet and writer Alan DeNiro's wide-ranging and assured debut fiction collection.

DeNiro's stories have been published in the most forward-looking magazines including Fence, Crowd, One Story, Strange Horizons, and 3rd Bed.

These stories skitter sideways across literary and genre fiction categories, using the toolbox of genres like science fiction and fantasy to grapple with issues of identity, family, gender, and politics. DeNiro is frequently funny, surreal, or slapstick, but his stories also connect with readers on an emotional level, in unexpected and surprising ways. Even in the oddest of DeNiro's stories, his characters are real people grappling with real relationships, real heartbreaks, the small, cruel, pinprick absurdities of a universe which is larger and stranger than most writers ever realize.
--Caleb Wilson, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville, TN

"Refreshing, imaginative, funny-scary stuff."
-- Ray Olson, Booklist

"Thoughtful, ambitious writing and truly transformative reading."
-- Small Spiral Notebook

"A commitment to experimental structure and oddball elements provides this debut collection's consistency.... The collection argues for DeNiro as a writer to watch."
-- Publishers Weekly
For more information, or to buy the paper edition, go here: http://lcrw.net/deniro/
A Book Sense Pick:

SKINNY DIPPING IN THE LAKE OF THE DEAD: Stories, by Alan DeNiro "This is a great debut collection of loopy, off-the-wall, and still-somehow-packing-emotional-weight stories; DeNiro can weld words into some mighty strange configurations."

Crawford Award finalist
Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is Minneapolis-based poet and writer Alan DeNiro's wide-ranging and assured debut fiction collection.

DeNiro's stories have been published in the most forward-looking magazines including Fence, Crowd, One Story, Strange Horizons, and 3rd Bed.

These stories skitter sideways across literary and genre fiction categories, using the toolbox of genres like science fiction and fantasy to grapple with issues of identity, family, gender, and politics. DeNiro is frequently funny, surreal, or slapstick, but his stories also connect with readers on an emotional level, in unexpected and surprising ways. Even in the oddest of DeNiro's stories, his characters are real people grappling with real relationships, real heartbreaks, the small, cruel, pinprick absurdities of a universe which is larger and stranger than most writers ever realize.
--Caleb Wilson, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville, TN

"Refreshing, imaginative, funny-scary stuff."
-- Ray Olson, Booklist

"Thoughtful, ambitious writing and truly transformative reading."
-- Small Spiral Notebook

"A commitment to experimental structure and oddball elements provides this debut collection's consistency.... The collection argues for DeNiro as a writer to watch."
-- Publishers Weekly
For more information, or to buy the paper edition, go here: http://lcrw.net/deniro/

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Publish date: Jul 1, 2006
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A commitment to experimental structure and oddball elements provides this debut collection's consistency, but they often devolve into a kind of self-conscious blandness that blunts the stories' impact. In "The Caliber," a high school girl's fantasy-turned-comic-nightmare about her lost uncle and a shadowy federal agent provides the structure for a complex tale where layered foreshadowing threatens to thicken to pudding. The darkly humorous allegorical experience of married archeologists largely consists of the narrator's wife digging a hole in their living room in "The Excavation." In "Quiver," a Wal-Mart employee stumbles into a group of medieval time travelers (by virtue of a contact through her ex-husband, a monster truck driver) and thwarts their destructive plan; this story rocks along with an amusing gait and an attractive tongue-in-cheek tone. The best of these 16 stories are arresting; weaker pieces often very short ones seem more exercise than serious compositions. (The most clever piece, "The Exchanges," is also the worst story.) But the collection argues for DeNiro as a writer to watch and bodes well for further non-self-published releases from Kelly Link's Small Beer Press. (July 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2006-05-15, Publishers Weekly
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DeNiro is a true wordsmith bringing real characters into unreal, odd and crazy situations.
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