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Author Mandelbaum, Becky, author.

Title Bad Kansas : stories / by Becky Mandelbaum.

Publication Info. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource (161 pages)
Series Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Contents Kansas boys -- The golden state -- A million and one Marthas -- Go on, eat your heart out -- The house on Alabama Street -- Night of indulgences -- Stupid girls -- Thousand-dollar decoy -- First love -- Queen of England -- Bald bear -- Acknowledgment.
Summary The eleven beautifully crafted stories in Bad Kansas reveal the complicated underbelly of the country's most flown-over state and the quirky characters that call it home. In this darkly humorous collection, Kansas becomes a state of mind as Mandelbaum's characters struggle to define their relationship to home and what it means to stay or leave, to hold on or let go. When a desperate woman finds herself on a date with a rugged man she has nothing in common with, she must decide whether to sacrifice the life of a bear in order to keep the man's affection. After having a nightmare about a mallard, a young man wakes to discover he's choking the woman he loves. When his mother starts dating a slimy pizza parlor owner, a young boy must choose whether to align with his mischievous older brother or remain loyal to his mom. The deeply appealing and peculiar characters in Bad Kansas are determined to get what they want, be it love or sex or power, in a world intent on denying them.
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Subject Short stories, American -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Short stories.
Short stories.
Electronic books.
Added Title Short stories. Selections
Other Form: Print version: Mandelbaum, Becky. Short stories. Selections. Bad Kansas. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2017] 9780820351285 (DLC) 2016056637 (OCoLC)974989177
ISBN 9780820351292 (electronic bk.)
0820351296 (electronic bk.)