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Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories

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  • Title: Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories
  • Author: Steve Karas
  • ISBN: 9780996717502
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback

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Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories

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  • [PDF] Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories | by ☆ Steve Karas
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Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories

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  1. LOVED IT BLURBED IT Kinda Sorta American Dream is a glittering gem, a buttery cookie, a lit firecracker, hissing exactly what I look for in a short story collection This is Americana in all its buzzing splendor the reaching and breathing and believing and hope Karas writing is brilliantly tight even when his characters are restless and wandering Kinda Sorta American Dream is observant and thoughtful, and I have no doubt this is his first of many books.


  2. In reading this story collection, the first thing to grab you is Karas range as a writer As he exploresthe theme of identity in both contemporary and futuristic visions of America, he inhabits the diversevoices of a Greek American diner owner, an African American cop, and a Indian American womanwith deftness and empathy The Greek diner owner is probably the voice closest to Karas own experience, andyet he brings the same sharp eye and compassionate authenticity in breathing life into his various [...]


  3. Read it And blurbed it, yo What Steve Karas so authoritatively illustrates in this far reaching debut collection is that the journey to achieving the American Dream may take many paths, but it doesn t come without pain, fear or loss Assuming it comes at all And yet despite this, in Karas empathic hands, this journey is still one filled with vivid characters, a sense of hope and the joy of discovering an author at the start of something new and wonderful.


  4. Hope to say at some point, but everything about this book delights me Steve Karas has a terrific storytelling voice and a gift for characterization I love, also, the title of this collection and its brilliant cover design Kudos to Steve and Tailwinds Press I highly recommend this collection.


  5. I thought the collection was very well done The characters felt real, and developed, and their situations drew me in The author is able to take on many viewpoints and experiences, which both complements the theme of American dream and made it fun to read Plus I liked how each one had some connection to Chicago Midwest.


  6. These stories grab you and pick you up and take you along to Indiana, Florida, a military base, a Santa Claus school, Chicago, New York, Mexico, Detroit, and a futuristic society where people need someone to cuddle up to, physically Of course these settings might not be all that familiar I, for example, haven t been to Florida or Detroit or a Santa Claus school or the future, but in another sense they are familiar because the problems and dilemmas the characters in these stories face are very fa [...]


  7. Review here thenextbestbookblog.cExcerpt of review All in all, Kinda Sorta American Dream reveals much about the evident problems in our society, and injects harsh realities into delusions surrounding the traditional American Dream We are an over medicated, under nourished, and self mutilating nation whose social affairs have reached such a dismal state that most can no longer identify with fictional TV families like the Simpsons and the Bundys Yes, we continue to laugh at these dysfunctional sh [...]


  8. Is the American Dream a myth Still alive How much does one s perspective change from childhood through adulthood All this and is flushed out, richly explored in this adroit collection, Kinda Sorta American Dream love that title One can sense the process of decay, whether it be through war loss or jobs unemployment or failures wide range and scope There is a great article at Necessary Fiction in which Karas explores the research notes that he used in creating the stories in this collection neces [...]


  9. Let me just say that this is the kind of short story that makes me want to write a short story collection That makes me think about how great a short story collection can be The stories sneak up on you, creating this world that s big and sprawling, but small and intimate all at the same time These are stories to chew on To think about in the still moments staring out a window The kind of stories that make you think, yeah, what is this all about


  10. This collection is Americana at its best A hodge podge, mish mosh of folks, facing all sorts of personal dilemmas in this crazy country Heart ache and loss blend with tenderness and hope, all sprinkled with a frank sense of humor Karas writing is clear and unfettered, he had me rooting for each and every one of his Americans as they struggle to find balance in a land and a time when chaos and misfortune are the norm Can t wait to read from this guy


  11. Steve s stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and wonderful snapshots of the American dream, hope, and love gone awry This might not be the most objective review, but it s been a joy to see Steve s work take shape over the years.




  12. The stories in this collection are deceptively simple in that they are about ordinary people living ordinary lives and running into ordinary problems Even in the zanier entries, nothing about them strains credulity What Karas is able to do here is to elevate these people s concerns, fears, loves, and desires into the stuff of profound interest and concern for anyone who cares about literature and life My four favorite stories in this bunch are Kinda Sorta American Dream, It Takes a Village, Toys [...]


  13. These stories are snapshots of suffering, muted wails of gloom But it never feels as if the characters are facing insurmountable odds You will them to keep going, just keep going, and you re sure, you re sure the light is just a little further up ahead While they may doubt themselves, Karas characters mostly always seem able to photosynthesise the bad into something positive Please find my full review of this excellent collection here whiskeypaper almost nearly


  14. An absolute pleasure to blurb this fantastic, tightly arranged collection With his timely debut collection Steve Karas announces himself as an exciting voice of immense breadth and literary talent Filled with ache and longing, these keenly drawn portraits afford Karas a short look at the founding promise of our country, a bleak skewed shadow of its once bloated self, but not with a future of possibility or hope Debuts this week LOVED IT READ IT


  15. Kinda Sorta American Dream presents a vivid tableau of survivalists and survivors, infidels and ghosts Steve Karas sensitively captures the current moment through resonant characters caught between a tarnished past and an unknowable, uncertain future A truly compassionate portrait of contemporary America.




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