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Kiss Shot: Stories [Kindle Edition]

Collin Kelley
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Award-winning author Collin Kelley ("Conquering Venus" and "Remain In Light") explores his Southern roots with this collection of four short stories set in the town of Cottonwood, Georgia. In "How Fanny Got Her House," a devoted maid recalls the hijinks surrounding her employer's death from a brain tumor, while a teenage boy comes to terms with his sexuality during an unexpected game of pool in the title story, "Kiss Shot." A woman escaping an abusive relationship arrives in New Orleans during a rain storm and wanders into the famed "Clover Grill" on Bourbon Street, and "I Got A Name" follows the trials and tribulations of an overweight woman looking for love at a community theater company.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092WI3QU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,269,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Collin Kelley is the author of the mystery novels Conquering Venus and forthcoming Remain in Light, a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. He has just published an ebook of short stories, Kiss Shot, which is available exclusively at Amazon. His poetry collections include After the Poison, Slow To Burn, Better To Travel and the forthcoming Render. He the recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year/Taran Memorial Award and the 1994 Deep South Writers Award from the University of Louisiana. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. He has given readings and guest lectured at San Jose State University, Georgia Tech, Savannah College of Art & Design and Worcester College at Oxford University in the UK. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.collinkelley.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Shot is my fave 23 May 2013
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Of the four stories in this short collection, I found "Kiss Shot" to be the most accomplished and engaging, though all are admirable for their attention to characterisation and detail.

"Kiss Shot" was my favourite for the ways in which it tracks the emotional journey of Billy Dawkins's character, especially in his collision (the kiss shot) with Ricky Albert. Plus, it depicts a pretty hot encounter rawly and honestly, which certainly does not hurt. More, please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collin Kelley Raw 5 Oct 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've never read any of Collin Kelley's poems or sampled his mystery/suspense novels (`Remain In Light ` and `Conquering Venus'), then you may not be ready for the very raw, genuinely atmospheric stories presented in this collection of four short stories titled KISS SHOT. But whether these stores are an introductory appetizer or a hefty portion of dessert for those who know his work, this is a set well worth reading.

Kelley understands the South as well as Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, Fannie Flagg, John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, Cormac McCarthy, Chris Offutt, Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, Horton Foote, Allan Gurganus, and Jesmyn Ward to name only a few. He knows the mystique and the aura and the aroma and the soul of Southern living and is unafraid to look and share the underbelly of Southern society with these four journeys into the psyches of several Southern young people. He is unafraid to switch form the male to the female voice in the same story - a technique that opens the doors to understanding the characters better in the mater of a few short pages. He has the language down pat and delivers it so surely that for a suspended moment in time the reader is utterly immersed in the bizarre situations he explores.

Though it is difficult to select a favorite among these four offerings the manner in which he explore the ambiguous sexuality of a young lad in KISS SHOT is among the finest `coming to grips' stories available. And he is able to take a story about a suicidal girl who is escaping the Podunk town and lands in an equally sad atmosphere only to come to grips with the source of her suicidal ideation through the kindness of a stranger. In another story a gross, obese girl tries everything to be accepted and joins a theater company where she falls into a debasing situation only to be salvaged by a skinny young lad who happens to be gay. The location - Cottonwood, Georgia with some outlying activity in New Orleans.

Collin Kelley may just be on his way to joining the ranks of the fellow Southern writers listed above. He has the passion and the skills and seems prepared for more stories such as these fine four. Grady Harp, October 12
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and Real 24 Jun 2013
By Donnelle McGee - Published on Amazon.com
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Collin Kelley, in his book KISS SHOT - gives us stories that are vivid and real. Kelley's ability to infuse insightful dialog and narratives that are never conventional, provides the canvas for a book of stories that touch the essence of what it means to be human.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 31 Jan 2013
By Jennifer K. Gibbons - Published on Amazon.com
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These stories are wonderful and heartbreaking, stories about people who live in the dark but they are trying no matter what to see the light. Kelley's characters are heartbreakingly real and true. I'm hoping that other stories from Kelley will come soon!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Anthology 12 Nov 2012
By Rochelle Weber, Author, at Roses & Thorns Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book by Collin Kelley that I've reviewed. Mr. Kelley's characters are complex and his stories are frequently deep and thought provoking, as are a couple of the stories in this book. "How Fannie Got Her House," however, is fun. Yes, it's an indictment of the Jim Crow South, but in a delightful way. The story I found most poignant was "I Got a Name." I rather resemble the woman in the story, in that I joined a community theatre group when I weighed three-hundred pounds. Fortunately, I wasn't looking for love. I simply was looking for fun and an outlet for my creative energy. However, I ran into similar weight prejudice from some of the members of the group. At three hundred pounds, who did I think I was, thinking I could act? The woman in Mr. Kelley's story doesn't even try to act. Yet she experiences similar prejudice. There's no chance for the fat lady to sing in this story. I was a caroler in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" thanks to my ability to harmonize by ear and to provide my own Victorian-style XXXX-L cape.

But, I digress. Once again, Mr. Kelley has written a great book. I read it at the mall while my granddaughter was shopping. Yup--all four stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is an excellent SS collection 8 Oct 2012
By Gringa Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I got a recommendation from a friend on FB yesterday that this story collection was available free for one day. I downloaded it and started reading yesterday afternoon. I couldn't put it down. The stories are gritty and engaging and fast-paced.

I highly recommend it. I only wish there were more.
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