- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2658 KB
- Print Length: 139 pages
- Publisher: Carraway Bay Press (1 Aug. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00427YORC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,778,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Welcome to Shangri-La, North Carolina: A short story collection of the mythical and mundane Kindle Edition
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Top customer reviews
[book:Welcome to Shangri-La, North Carolina is a collection of deftly penned yarns and portraits of life in the Carolinas. Great wit runs through the collection and there are many passages of fine language. You will love the feral Mr.Bockers, a backgammon playing rooster, and will shake your head at the lengths the residents will go to escape the shadow of Shangri-La's chemical plant, and nod at the resilience of those who stay.
The final parts of this collection -- which bossed my curiosity from start to finish -- showcase some of the author's other stories. By the time I got to the last quarter of the book I was familiar with the author's skills and was won over. I was impressed by way she evolves some very different characters. In 10,000 NEW YEARS EVES two dispirate party girls ready themselves for a sudden jaunt to New York, while in LEAVING THE COMFORT CAFE a new boy in town finds himself stuck in a seemingly impossible job.
[book:Welcome to Shangri-La, North Carolina is not a regular collection of short stories and as such was a bit baffling at first glance. But once I was into the author's style I was OK with that. The collection is a bit like Mr.Bockers. It does its own thang. Indeed, let me stress this. When I finished I found myself thinking, 'Hmm, which of these stories showcased here am I going to read next?' I want to know more about the girls' trip to the big apple and I want to know more about the newbie in town. I will definitely read at least one of these stories in time, and suspect I will end up reading them both.
Ron Askew ~ author of Watching Swifts
The author's mastery of different quirky prose styles is a joy to read: I particularly liked 'Status update' - written in the style of a facebook page - and 'The list' - in the idiom of a teenage girl who pauses for neither breath nor thought.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the characters' inability to see beyond their own, hopeless lives, they seem warmly and sympathetically drawn, and there is considerable humour in their quirkiness. There are occasional passages that apparently make no sense, which adds to the surrealism of it all. Their collective escape from reality might almost be worth risking one's soul for.
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"Welcome..." is a great piece of both. Imagine a little Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone that was born and raised on the South Atlantic coast, driving an old Honda and working at the local grocery store. Talented evocations of the place, and the spirit of the place, fill the book.
I very much enjoyed Wilson's work. I would recommend it to anyone.
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