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Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. It is no mistake that this collection by the latest recipient of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award is bracketed by stories about.
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The collection, in fact, leads off with "Miracle," a mere seven paragraphs long, including one of one sentence. In it, a man responds to his addled brother's phone call about an accident, and cannot keep from laughing, although at night, he dreams the worst. In a very few short, matter-of-fact sentences, Mr. Simpson sets the tone for this collection: harrowed, highly personal, thought-provoking, and even uplifting.

In "Potential" an exceptional young athlete stares millions of dollars in the face, as he tries to get past his conflict about being the first overall draft choice and moving on to the next phase of his life. In this story, we get a glimpse of the closeness between the son and his father who never pressured him on the field of play.

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It is a touching, superb piece. In this collection, people work momentously to fend for themselves, usually because of some mistake or unavoidable tendency which drove loved ones off.

There are two stories that reprise one set of characters. Eponymous Peloma is twelve years old in the first one, over six feet tall, orange-haired, and heavy.

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Peloma tries half-heartedly a couple of times to kill herself, but her father, telling the stories in the first person, finds the path they can travel together. The first story leaves us on a cliffhanger, almost literally. The second story with these characters concludes the collection.

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In it, Dad chides himself when he hears of Peloma's almost disastrous first day of driving at driver's ed. He acknowledges that he should have given Peloma some practice behind the wheel, and so takes her out. The final sequence of their experience together in his pickup truck forms a lovely climax to this sometimes haunting collection. It's worth the price of admission by itself.

This is a remarkable, distinctive collection, and proves what the folks in Iowa City know so well: short fiction is in exceedingly capable hands. Kudos once again on this selection for the prize! From the cover -which is simple and holds one's attention because the cover photo looks like the building on the other side of town that you used to pass every day going to school - to the ending page, my attention was captured with his pen.

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Simpson's 'Tell Everyone I said Hi,' is a book that you can read over and over. His stories are more than poignant pieces of prose, they are infectious - if such a word can describe writing.

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You feel as if you are there, that perhaps Simpson read a part of your journal or heard the conversation between you and your friend. Or maybe Simpson is your friend - telling stories of the neighborhood in which you grew up. Tell Everyone I said Hi is about real life. And that makes for good reading.

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Chad Simpson's debut collection is a gem. Simpson is the real deal. One person found this helpful. See all 8 customer reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. The first story was written in the fall of , the most recent in Monmouth resident Rich Hanson had no personal ties to Simpson, but had heard of his work and was interested in supporting a local artist.

Knox students, like English literature major and junior Nicole Holtzman, were interested in supporting the department and a Knox professor.

When I keep seeing little reviews or blurbs, people often mention those things. Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin also expanded upon an underlying motif. What is the life of sadness worth? Professor of Religious Studies James Thrall had never before attended a Caxton Club event, but works in the office across the hall from Simpson and wanted to come out to support him. Turn on an old-timey jukebox and let the country fill you. Listen, put a shot of bourbon to your lips, and drink down your salvation as Leesa shows you the way. Out of pop songs and humid Kentucky nights, out of big belt buckles and back-road drives, Cross-Smith conjures stories filled with sentences that dazzle and characters who yearn with their whole broken hearts.

Her words delve not only into the minds of her characters, but into their deepest, most specific wounds.