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Stephen Dobyns

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Stephen Dobyns was born on February 19, 1941, in Orange, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in 1964 from Wayne State University and an M.F.A. in 1967 from the University of Iowa. He was a reporter for the Detroit News and has taught at several colleges and universities including Sarah Lawrence College, visa mer Warren Wilson College, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He has written about ten books of poetry and twenty novels. His books of poetry include Concurring Beasts, Heat Death, Common Carnage, Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides, The Porcupine's Kisses, and Winter's Journey. He has received several awards including the Melville Cane Award for Cemetery Nights. His novels include Saratoga Haunting, The Wrestler's Cruel Study, Saratoga Fleshpot, The Church of Dead Girls, and Boy in the Water. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Eating Naked and a book of essays, Best Words, Best Order. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Inkluderar namnen: Stephen Dobyns, Stephen Doybns

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Verk av Stephen Dobyns

The Church of Dead Girls (1997) 944 exemplar
Boy in the Water (1999) 362 exemplar
The Burn Palace (2013) 232 exemplar
The Wrestler's Cruel Study (1993) 158 exemplar
Eating Naked: Stories (2000) 125 exemplar
Cemetery Nights (1987) 104 exemplar
Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?: A Novel (2015) 83 exemplar
Cold Dog Soup (1985) 70 exemplar
Saratoga Longshot (1602) 53 exemplar
Saratoga Swimmer (1981) 53 exemplar
Saratoga Strongbox (1998) 48 exemplar
Saratoga Headhunter (1985) 48 exemplar
Saratoga Haunting (1993) 46 exemplar
Saratoga Snapper (1986) 45 exemplar
Saratoga Fleshpot (1995) 41 exemplar
Saratoga Hexameter (1990) 36 exemplar
Saratoga Bestiary (1988) 34 exemplar
After Shocks/Near Escapes (1991) 25 exemplar
The Balthus Poems (1982) 22 exemplar
Body Traffic: Poems (1990) 20 exemplar
Winter's Journey (2010) 19 exemplar
A Boat off the Coast (1987) 16 exemplar
Saratoga Trifecta (1995) 16 exemplar
Dancer With One Leg (1983) 16 exemplar
Concurring Beasts (1972) 14 exemplar
Heat death : poems (1980) 14 exemplar
House on Alexandrine (1990) 8 exemplar
Griffon: Poems (1976) 7 exemplar
A Man of Little Evils (1973) 7 exemplar
Skin Deep 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Bidragsgivare — 759 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 443 exemplar
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 357 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 298 exemplar
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 191 exemplar
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 189 exemplar
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 127 exemplar
Emergency Kit (1996) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor107 exemplar
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 57 exemplar
Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 48 exemplar
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 28 exemplar
Hebbes 1 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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Wow. That was a wild ride from start to finish. Intense, complex and unique, I thoroughly devoured The Church of Dead Girls. I often read on my walk to work in the morning but today I sat down at my desk and just had to finish the last few pages, I absolutely could not tear my eyes away from the page.

Ostensibly, The Church of Dead Girls is about the disappearance of three girls in a small New York town above the Finger Lakes. Told from the outsider perspective of a high school science teacher, the lives and secrets of his fellow citizens are revealed slowly, their layers peeled away as the tension between friends and neighbours ratchets up. The abduction of the girls is both horrific and a catalyst, the townfolk growing increasingly mad with frustration and suspicion, and fear. Not only fear of their daughter being taken next, but of their secret desires, their illicit actions being exposed and revealed to the cruel eye of the town's populace, the only judge that matters.

As I was reading I was often reminded of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, to which The Church of Dead Girls seems to be a spiritual precursor. There's a creeping, unsettling feeling that only grows as you advance in the story. Like Sharp Objects the disappearance and probable murders of the missing girls, barely in their teenage years, is only part of a larger whole. The narrator relates decades worth of information, gleaned from years of personal interactions or heard secondhand from his friends, piecing together the story from what he's been told into a rich, meaty narrative.

The real story that lurks behind the abduction of the three teenage girls is the unknowable nature of the other. Even those closest to us have their secrets, the thoughts they keep to themselves, a persona they show the world that reflects only a portion of their true self. The mercurial nature of a community influenced by gossip and speculation, suspicion and fear, is as fascinating as it is frustrating. The 'other' is always targeted, the African college professor and his Marxist reading group, gay men, anyone who stands out from the 'norm' suffering from hysterical scapegoating.

Overall, The Church of Dead Girls is slow, but taut, deftly portraying the way a small community operates, the way lives intersect and affect each other. The way the town reacts to the missing girls as scarring and long-lasting as the abductions themselves, mob mentality showing the unintended dark sides of even the innocent.
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xaverie | 26 andra recensioner | Apr 3, 2023 |
I read The Burn Palace by this author and while it was quirky it was also a very good story. Is Fat Bob Dead Yet, is also quirky, but that's it. The author will use 3 pages to tell the reader something that could have been communicated in a sentence or at most a paragraph. I made it to page 125 and realized I couldn't care less about the characters or the story. Another annoying thing about this book was the narration, it goes from person to person dialog, then into big picture narration from some third party, I don't know how else to explain it.
Lastly after I got it from Amazon I noticed on the cover that it had- for me- the kiss of death, an endorsement from Stephen King. I like King's books but with 1 or 2 exceptions I have hated any books his endorsement appears on.
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zmagic69 | 9 andra recensioner | Mar 31, 2023 |
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Honisoitquimalypense | 1 annan recension | Oct 18, 2022 |
Dobyns seems to produce two lines of books: his mealticket, the Saratoga Springs mystery novels, and his one-offs, the odd and varied -- but not actually experimental -- novels like Cold Dog Soup and The Two Deaths of Senora Puccini.

Burn Palace seems to combine the two approaches: a semi-supernatural police procedural which unexpectedly veers off into more cerebral territory. There were shades of The Wrestler's Cruel Study in many of the the occult digressions.

It's not perfect, and I admit that I like his one-offs much better, but this was still a fun, diverting read.… (mer)
mkfs | 19 andra recensioner | Aug 13, 2022 |



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