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Creatures of Habit ❴Read❵ ➪ Creatures of Habit Author Jill McCorkle – Thomashillier.co.uk Jill McCorkle s new collection of twelve short stories is peopled with characters brilliantly like us flawed, clueless, endearing These stories are also animaled with all manner of mammal, bird, fish, Jill McCorkle s new collection of twelve short stories is peopled with characters brilliantly like us flawed, clueless, endearing These stories are also animaled with all manner of mammal, bird, fish, reptile also flawed and endearing She asks, what don t humans share with the so Creatures of Kindle - called lesser species Looking for the answer, she takes us back to her fictional home town of Fulton, North Carolina, to meet a broad range of characters facing up to the double edged sword life offers hominids The insight with which McCorkle tells their stories crackles with wit, but also with a deeper and forgiving wisdom than ever before In Billy Goats, Fulton s herd of seventh graders cruises the summer nights, peeking into parked cars, maddening the town madman In Monkeys, a widow holds her husband s beloved spider monkey close along with his deepest secrets In Dogs, a single mother who works for a veterinarian compares him unfavorably with his patients In Snakes, a seasoned wife sees what might have been a snake in the grass and decides to step over it And, in the exquisite final story, Fish, a grieving daughter remembers her father s empathy for the ugliest of all fishes The success behind Jill McCorkle s short stories and her novels is, as one reviewer noted, her skill as an archaeologist of the absurd, an expert at excavating and examining the comedy of daily life Richmond Times Dispatch Yes, and also the tragedy.

    Free Unlimited eBook also with a deeper and forgiving wisdom than ever before In Billy Goats, Fulton s herd of seventh graders cruises the summer nights, peeking into parked cars, maddening the town madman In Monkeys, a widow holds her husband s beloved spider monkey close along with his deepest secrets In Dogs, a single mother who works for a veterinarian compares him unfavorably with his patients In Snakes, a seasoned wife sees what might have been a snake in the grass and decides to step over it And, in the exquisite final story, Fish, a grieving daughter remembers her father s empathy for the ugliest of all fishes The success behind Jill McCorkle s short stories and her novels is, as one reviewer noted, her skill as an archaeologist of the absurd, an expert at excavating and examining the comedy of daily life Richmond Times Dispatch Yes, and also the tragedy."/>
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Creatures of Habit
  • Jill McCorkle
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 1565123972

About the Author: Jill McCorkle

Five of Jill McCorkle s seven previous books have been named New York Times Notables Winner of the New England Booksellers Award, the Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught writing at the University of North Creatures of Kindle - Carolina, Bennington College, Tufts University, and Harvard She lives near Boston with her husband, their two children, several dogs, and a collection of toads.



10 thoughts on “Creatures of Habit

  1. Judy Judy says:

    Jill McCorkle s third short collection follows the span of human lives and introduces readers to a host of quirky characters living in a small town in North Carolina in 1970 The themes explored in the dozen stories include the ups and downs of marriages especially the nightmare of infidelity, the fears that are associated with childhood and with old age, and the kinship that humans have with animals A short story collection that highlights the maturity and quality of McCorkle s writing.

  2. Charles Michael Fischer Charles Michael Fischer says:

    Every story here is a gem and combines humor with tragedy magnificently Billy Goats BASS , Starlings, and Hominids are standouts I love McCorkle and the entire Alongquin Shannon Ravenel catalogue from the 1980s through early 2000s.

  3. Sue Sue says:

    I do love a good short story collection this is a good one McCorkle is a favorite Southern writer of mine These stories are funny sad, biting beautiful She manages to work in the subject, or mention of, animals, in each of the stories which adds to the cleverness of them I do love a good short story collection this is a good one McCorkle is a favorite Southern writer of mine These stories are funny sad, biting beautiful She manages to work in the subject, or mention of, animals, in each of the stories which adds to the cleverness of them

  4. Laura Laura says:

    Some stories were better than others but overall, the entire book had a dark outlook Not the best to read before bed.

  5. JustCallMeClint JustCallMeClint says:

    Starlings An interesting tale about how race and ruthless upbringing can strip a person s empathy, or desire for change A different voice from the rest of the stories and done well Strong symbolism of the starling bird with Mary each enjoy causing distress to those who do the same to them, but at the end, it implies Mary s refusal to admit she s no different from a mad dog or a racist 4 5Fish Eh A bit generic, if you d asked me 2.5 5

  6. Lynn Pribus Lynn Pribus says:

    Enjoyed seeing this writer at one of Charlottesville s FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK events a couple years ago She and another Southern writer, plus two locals, presented an evening of music with guitar interspersed with readings by the two authors This book presents small town short stories, all very Southern, people of various ages Polished, subtle writing Saving book to give to great granddaughter Taylor born on my BD, actually who has written some remarkable short stories herself She s going Enjoyed seeing this writer at one of Charlottesville s FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK events a couple years ago She and another Southern writer, plus two locals, presented an evening of music with guitar interspersed with readings by the two authors This book presents small town short stories, all very Southern, people of various ages Polished, subtle writing Saving book to give to great granddaughter Taylor born on my BD, actually who has written some remarkable short stories herself She s going into second year at Virginia Commonwealth University studying writing and already has remarkable insight into the human condition, so I believe she will only improve with age

  7. Amalia Amalia says:

    Wonderful book This is the kind of writing that I enjoy most McCorkle has a talent for turning the mundane movements of life into rich and engaging stories I d say that her stories made me feel nostalgic, but when I stepped back, I was often startled to realize that I wasn t feeling nostalgic for my own past, but for my mother s past, or for my future past if that makes any sense I would describe her writing as smooth, thick, and warm the kind of prose you want to snuggle into and have a Wonderful book This is the kind of writing that I enjoy most McCorkle has a talent for turning the mundane movements of life into rich and engaging stories I d say that her stories made me feel nostalgic, but when I stepped back, I was often startled to realize that I wasn t feeling nostalgic for my own past, but for my mother s past, or for my future past if that makes any sense I would describe her writing as smooth, thick, and warm the kind of prose you want to snuggle into and have a good cry

  8. Becky Becky says:

    These stories are beautifully written, with vivid voices that spring to life, and endings that made me blink back a tearthan once they are consistently moving and tender but without being cheesy Hominids has some fantastic reflections on femininity and breasts, and I loved Toad with its brilliant portrait of a silent, almost inhuman man who mystifies the family he lives with both have stunning endings.

  9. Janet Janet says:

    This is the second book of Jill McCorkle that I have read and their something in her writing that feels comfortable and homey The character is each story live in the small town It reminds me that everybody has a story, and each story deserves a chapter And collectively, these stories make up us.

  10. Peggy Peggy says:

    I really liked this book It was a collection of short stories about characters in North Carolina It was well written and some of the characters were sad, some were happy, some had problems Each story had an animla title and the animal was somehow involved in the telling of the story A quick and enjoyable read.

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