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Once You Break a Knuckle: Stories [Paperback]

D. W. Wilson
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Book Description

11 April 2013

Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2012

In the remote Kootenay Valley in western Canada, good people sometimes do bad things. Two adolescents sabotage a rope swing; a heartbroken young man chooses not to warn his best friend about an approaching car; sons challenge their fathers.

Crackling with tension and propelled by jagged, cutting dialogue, D.W. Wilson's stories reveal to us how our best intentions can be doomed to fail or injure, how our loves can fall short or mislead us. An intoxicating cocktail of adrenaline and vulnerability, doggedness and dignity, Once You Break a Knuckle explores the courage it takes to make it through another day.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408831317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408831311
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D.W. Wilson's stories have a wonderfully raw, vernacular energy which carries the reader through some dark and spitefully funny moments. This is a cracking read (Jon McGregor)

Combining taut, highly economical observations of men in their day to day lives with real tenderness and a restrained lyricism about the natural world ... affecting stories about men and women ... beautiful ... A massive achievement (John Burnside, Guardian)

'The Dead Roads' was the stand-out winner of the 2011 BBC Short Story Award. My worry was that it might also be the stand-out story in this debut collection, but no - the standard is consistently, astonishingly high throughout. There are echoes of Wells Tower and Russell Banks, but Wilson's voice is distinctive, confident and completely enthralling (Geoff Dyer)

Spiky, gritty short stories ... Wilson's world is dangerous and unpredictable, and his writing has a terrific, understated force (Kate Saunders, The Times)

This is one of the finest pieces of debut fiction I've encountered in the last few years, and with it DW Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters ... This is a really exceptional debut, and an emphatic calling card from a genuine talent. I can't wait to read what he writes next (Doug Johnstone, Sunday Herald)

Robust, musical, slyly funny, and shining a fearless light into the yearning male heart, these powerful stories should be required reading for any curious females of the species (Bill Glaston)

Superb debut collection of stories from the winner of the BBC national short story award (Sunday Times 'Must Reads')

Macho Mounties, Boyish Boyz + Beers, Tough Times. + good writing (Margaret Atwood, Twitter)

There are indeed echoes of Richard Ford and Raymond Carver here - most strikingly Carver, in content certainly - but Wilson's description and dialogue also attain the same lean, elemental punch, a total and exhilarating exclusion of the extraneous (Globe and Mail)

This is one of the finest pieces of debut fiction I've encountered in the last few years, and with it DW Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters ... This is a really exceptional debut, and an emphatic calling card from a genuine talent. I can't wait to read what he writes next (Doug Johnstone Sunday Herald)

D. W. Wilson's stories have echoes of the great Raymond Carver in their tough and lonely lyricism (Daily Telegraph)

Able to wheedle out the hidden depths of intimacy that lurk beneath the storms of testosterone ... Wilson leaves an unforgettable mark in his sublimely judged depiction of boys and men of all ages tussling with one another in brawling, lip-splitting tenderness (Sunday Times)

D. W. Wilson's stories - fuelled by tough, streetwise prose - are alight with tension, wisdom and wit (Joe Dunthorne)

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The debut collection by the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2011

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4.0 out of 5 stars Once you break a knuckle. 14 Nov 2013
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I enjoy short stories. These were set in British Columbia, Canada. The characters were true to life and reappeared in other stories in the collection. Would be happy to read more of D W Wilsons work. A breath of fresh air.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but I didn't like it 26 April 2013
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This is a collection of short stories about a small town in British Colombia. I bought it because I have lived in a small town in British Colombia, and I have to say that it captures the atmosphere extremely well. The stories are well written. Some of the characters come alive. And yet, at the end I found myself thinking, "Well. So what?" When you read a short story, you have to feel that the people and the events are telling you something that matters. And I didn't. A shame, but there it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Nov 2013
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You'll want the earth to swallow you up after reading this book: the prose is exquiste and never less than gentlemanly despite the surroundings. It is a noble savage sort of book; quite poignant and very moving.
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