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Looking Out of Broken Windows [Paperback]

Dan Powell
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6 May 2014
Daring, intense and poignant, Looking Out of Broken Windows maps an emotional and narrative terrain simultaneously expansive and intimate. Dan Powell's stories have been awarded The Yeovil Prize for Fiction and the 2013 Carve Esoteric Award, and were shortlisted for both the Salt Short Story Award and The Winchester Writers Conference Short Story Prize.


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907773738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773730
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dan Powell is an award winning writer of short-fiction. His stories have been published in anthologies and in print and online literary journals. He works as a teacher and homedad.

His debut collection of short fiction, Looking Out of Broken Windows, was shortlisted for the 2013 Scott Prize and was published by Salt in March 2014.

In January 2013 he received a Carve Esoteric Award for his short story 'Storm in a Teacup', while 'Half-mown Lawn' won the Yeovil Prize and was included in Salt Publishing's The Best British Short Stories 2012.

He can be found online at danpowellfiction.com and on Twitter as @danpowfiction.

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An author drenched with talent, a fearless perceiving of life that made me grin in agreement. Looking Out of Broken Windows stacks modern gem on modern gem, the economy of words offers powerful observation, the exacting prose vibrates with energy, starkness and heart. It is remarkable. (Caroline Smailes, author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton (Harper Collins, 2013))

About the Author

Dan Powell is an award winning author whose short fiction has been published in Carve, Paraxis, Fleeting and The Best British Short Stories 2012. In 2013 he received a Carve Esoteric Award for his story ‘Storm in a Teacup’ and his debut collection was shortlisted for the 2013 Scott Prize. He teaches part-time and is currently working on his first novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant diversity of characters/situations 18 May 2014
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The stories in this collection affect the reader in different ways. Dan's able to create some thought-provoking and powerful scenes in few words; a very rare talent. The grit and realism in his style of writing is something that I've not often come across and is sometimes very poignant. The length of each story varies and some can be read, re-read and interpreted in any number of ways. I look forward to reading more from you, Dan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut collection of short stories 25 April 2014
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Dan's writing is fresh, daring and diverse. His writing tackles the whole spectrum of sex, birth, life, relationships and death in this world and other worlds. His prose is beautifully crafted and the characters have depth and dimension. My particular favourite stories were: Half mown lawn, Looking for Daddy, Leaving what's left and What we don't talk about when we talk about Cancer. However, I enjoyed all the stories for different reasons. This collection is one that you find yourself dipping back into. The first read through, you get a satisfying story, the second read you admire the language and the third time you appreciate the effort and talent that must have gone into creating each one of the stories. I look forward to reading Dan's next collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, poignant, intimate. 22 May 2014
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Dan Powell's stories encompass the ordinary moments in life but are viewed through a kaleidoscopic eyeglass. The thoughts or near-thoughts that we all might have at some point in our lives haunt the stories. The barriers are breached by characters that spring from the page. They are in your living room with their tales of darkness and treachery; they are right in front of you spilling their lives in scenes that are thought provoking, poignant, and at times, very intimate. In the title story, 'Looking out of broken windows,' the fracturing glass seems real at first but we are encouraged to doubt the perception of the narrator and even in the final scene we still cannot be sure when at the very end: 'I watched cracks emerge from the ceiling rose and spread across the magnolia expanse...'

'What we don't talk about when we talk about cancer,' is one of the most poignant stories. The cancer speaks and the protagonist/narrator responds at first by making deals with the illness in order to have more time for all the celebratory moments of life––the family wedding, the graduation. But the inevitable arrives; the slipping away, the moments of dying, the diminishing of the life of the voice, the voice of disease, both physically and with the final breath––it fades and even on the page the visible words deplete as the size of the font decreases...

A stunning collection of original stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut collection of stories 23 April 2014
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Dan's writing is fresh, daring and diverse. His writing tackles the whole spectrum of sex, birth, life, relationships and death in this world and other worlds. His prose is beautifully crafted and the characters have depth and dimension. My particular favourite stories were: Half mown lawn, Looking for Daddy, Leaving what's left and What we don't talk about when we talk about Cancer. However, I enjoyed all the stories for different reasons. This collection is one that you find yourself dipping back into. The first read through, you get a satisfying story, the second read you admire the language and the third time you appreciate the effort and talent that must have gone into creating each one of the stories. I look forward to reading Dan's next collection.
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