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The stolid landscape of Chicago suddenly turns dreamlike and otherworldly in Stuart Dybek’s classic story collection. A child’s collection of bottle caps becomes the tombstones of a graveyard. A lowly rightfielder’s inexplicable death turns him into a martyr to baseball. Strains of Chopin floating down the tenement airshaft are transformed into a mysterious anthem of loss. Combining homely detail and heartbreakingly familiar voices with grand leaps of imagination, The Coast of Chicago is a masterpiece from one of America’s most highly regarded writers.
"Has claim to comparison with Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and Joyce's Dubliners. . .Dybek's energetic prose produces dazzling effects." --Chicago Sun-Times
"Moving and real and often brilliantly ambitious." --Los Angeles Times
"A fictional world that is both ordinary and amazing." --The New York Times
"Irresistible...Mr. Dreiser, Mr. Farrell, Mr. Bellow, Mr. Algren, please say hello to Stuart Dybek. He’s one of yours." The Village Voice
"Establishes [Dybek] not merely as a talent but as a magician comparable to Eudora Welty and Joy Williams." --Chicago Tribune
"Tender and unforgiving...No matter where you grew up, after reading these stories you’ll have found the coast of Chicago" --San Francisco Chronicle