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Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories
Author: Kevin Wilson
ISBN 13: 9780061579028
ISBN 10: 61579025
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $13.99

Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted.

Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both.

The Washington Post - Michael Lindgren

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth gets under your skin…Wilson's little time-bomb fables have a surrealist zip, like miniature Magritte paintings come to life.