Friday, April 11, 2014

Review of WWFTC in The Quivering Pen 2014

Kevin just got my favorite review to date! David Abrams reviewed Kevin's short story collection We Were Flying to Chicago. David Abrams is the author of Fobbit, a novel that came out in 2012 to a ton of great reviews.

Here's my favorite sentence, "I'm attracted to Clouther's writing by its blunt, simple style... Dare I say that I hear Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway echoing in my head?" - David Abrams

Read the whole review on Abrams's book blog, The Quivering Pen.

Cartagena, Colombia 2010
Rocking his Hemingway face in Cartagena in 2010

Other fun reviews:
"Kevin Clouther's collection of wry, funny, big-hearted stories is utterly satisfying and unexpected, like scratching an itch you didn't know you had."
Rebecca Johns, author of The Countess

"Kevin Clouther's remarkable collection illustrates, page by page, the unique joys of reading short fiction. By turns subversive and poignant, darkly humorous and deeply moving, these ten stories show us the author's expansive range and the heart that drives his imagination. Clouther's beautifully rendered characters will stay with you long after you've finished the book--you'll see them on the street, in the office, in your mirror. "
Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi: Stories

"The 10 entries in Clouther’s debut collection all display a sure-handed grasp of craft. The first and last stories are the best. In the former, the title story, deft and subtle shifts of perspective among a group of young women lead to a well-earned concluding insight. Better still is the emotionally complex final selection, 'Puritan Hotel, Barnstable,' about two brothers, Michael and Connor, dealing with Connor’s cancer treatment."
Publishers Weekly

“[These] stories develop an intimate voice and the reader can feel characters’ hopes and despair. The title story is a particular standout. A group of airplane passengers are stuck on a layover; the story is told from their collective perspective ("For no good reason, we were flying to Chicago," it begins). The first-person plural point of view is inviting and fresh.”—Kirkus

We Were Flying to Chicago
We Were Flying to Chicago cover

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