A Kind of Flying

A Kind of Flying Cover

A Kind of Flying

Selected Stories

By Ron Carlson

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393324792, 464pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2003

In "Blazo" and other equally poignant tales, men and women are challenged when things don't work out as expected. Other stories deal with surprising transformations for a baseball player turned killer-by-accident, for a nineteen-year-old who experiences an unsettling sexual awakening. Here is a man accusing Bigfoot of stealing his wife, followed by Bigfoot's incomparable response. Not least of the treasures is "The H Street Sledding Record," a story perfect for family holiday reading, in which a young father "creates" the magic of Santa by throwing manure on his roof on Christmas Eve Prepare to be amused, moved, and disturbed by stories that make a difference.