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I Sailed with Magellan (2003)
by Stuart Dybek
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Following his renowned The Coast of Chicago and Childhood, story writer Stuart Dybek returns with eleven masterful and masterfully linked stories about Chicago's fabled and harrowing South Side. United, they comprise the story of Perry Katzek and his widening, endearing clan. Through these streets walk butchers, hitmen, mothers and factory workers, boys turned men and men turned to urban myth. I Sailed With Magellan solidifies Dybek's standing as one of our finest chroniclers of urban America.
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"From writer Stuart Dybek comes a major new work of fiction: a novel-in-stories, eleven tales told by a single voice of remarkable narrative power. In I Sailed with Magellan, Dybek finds characters of irrepressible vitality in the stark neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side, where his hero, the restless Perry Katzek, transforms his daily experiences into lush, imaginative adventures." "In each of Dybek's intertwined episodes there is remarkable music, the rhythm of a street culture captured in all its emotional depth and unexpected humor: a man takes his young nephew to a string of taverns, where the boy sings for his uncle's bourbon; a small-time thug is distracted from making a hit by the mysterious reappearance of several ex-girlfriends; two unemployed youths hatch a scheme to finance their road trip to Mexico by selling orchids stolen from the rich side of town; a young couple's amorous beach adventure is interrupted when an unexpected visitor washes ashore. As these poignant chapters unfold with sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic results, Perry Katzek grapples with the exotic possibilities that the world offers him, finding even beneath the often brutal surface of Chicago life."--BOOK JACKET.
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