Going Away Shoes

By Jill McCorkle
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565126329, 258pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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“Going Away Shoes is a collection of short story gems written by master craftswoman Jill McCorkle. Each story deserves savoring, as melancholy and humor work beautifully together in this artful collection.”
— Dana Brigham, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

The foibles of the people in Jill McCorkle's world are so familiar that we want nothing so much as to watch them walk into and then get out of life's inevitable traps. Here, in her first collection in eight years, McCorkle collects eleven brand-new stories bristling with her characteristic combination of wit and weight.
In honeymoon shoes, mud-covered hunting boots, or glass slippers, all of the women in these stories march to a place of new awareness, in one way or another, transforming their lives. They make mistakes, but they don t waste time hiding behind them. They move on. They are strong. And they re funny, even when they are sad.
These stories are the work of a great storyteller who knows exactly how and why to pair pain with laughter.

Thursday, Dec 3, 2009

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