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Book Title: Mascots (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 100)|
The author of the book: Ted Thompson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 677 KB
Edition: Electric Literature
Date of issue: April 14th 2014
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Read full description of the books:"Peter, the seventeen-year old narrator of Ted Thompson’s marvelous story 'Mascots,' is a profoundly liminal creature," writes Maggie Shipstead, author of "Astonish Me," in her introduction to this issue of Recommended Reading. "Not only is he in the midst of ordinary adolescent flux, but the death of his identical twin, Carter, means his physical self has become an uncanny surrogate for someone tragically lost. Subtly, through his body, in listening to music or encountering a woman, he attempts to inhabit his twin, and other people try to reach Carter through him. 'People kept touching me,' he says, 'hands on my back and head and neck, as though in doing so they were reaching across the divide, as if I was a creature with one foot in this world and one in the next.'
"Far from being a lugubrious tale of teen death, 'Mascots' is a spare, airy piece of writing that abounds with wit (Heintz and Deiter—I will say no more) and pleasurable tactile details: Carter’s club kid hoodies and his 'rainbow of rare European sneakers,' the translucent lime green vinyl of one of his records 'spinning there continuous as a hypnotist’s spiral,' a 'patchwork of family photos that cluttered the hallway wall... like the portholes on a deranged ship.' The world here is tough, funny, vibrant, wrenched out of shape."
About the Author:
Ted Thompson's debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits, was published by Little, Brown in late March. His stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and Best New American Voices, among other publications. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Ledig House, and the Truman Capote Trust. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Raisin, and teaches for the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop.
About the Guest Editor:
Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her second novel, Astonish Me, is available now.
About the Publisher:
Electric Literature is an independent publisher working to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture. Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, invites established authors, indie presses, and literary magazines to recommended great fiction. Once a month we feature our own recommendation of original, previously unpublished fiction, accompanied by a Single Sentence Animation. Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations: the author chooses a favorite sentence and we commission an artist to interpret it. Stay connected with us through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and find previous Electric Literature picks in the Recommended Reading archives.
Read information about the authorTed Thompson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House and Best New American Voices, among other publications. He was born in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
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