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Laura Kasischke

Autor(a) de In A Perfect World

26+ Works 2,142 Membros 133 Críticas 5 Favorited

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Obras por Laura Kasischke

In A Perfect World (2009) 356 exemplares, 16 críticas
The Raising (2011) 306 exemplares, 35 críticas
Mind of Winter (2013) 302 exemplares, 29 críticas
The Life Before Her Eyes (2002) 240 exemplares, 7 críticas
Suspicious River (1996) 119 exemplares, 4 críticas
Feathered (2008) 117 exemplares, 10 críticas
Be Mine (2007) 114 exemplares, 4 críticas
White Bird in a Blizzard (1999) 109 exemplares, 5 críticas
Space, In Chains (2011) 101 exemplares, 1 crítica
Boy Heaven (2006) 98 exemplares, 7 críticas
Eden Springs (Made in Michigan Writers) (2010) 45 exemplares, 6 críticas
Gardening in the Dark (2004) 40 exemplares, 1 crítica
If a Stranger Approaches You: Stories (2013) 37 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Infinitesimals (2014) 33 exemplares, 1 crítica
Fire & Flower (1998) 22 exemplares
Lilies Without (2007) 18 exemplares
Where Now: New and Selected Poems (2017) 18 exemplares
Wild Brides (1991) 16 exemplares
Dance and Disappear (2002) 16 exemplares
The Awakening (2012) 11 exemplares, 2 críticas
What It Wasn't (2002) 7 exemplares
Lightning Falls in Love (2021) 5 exemplares
The Time Machine (2019) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 326 exemplares, 18 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares, 3 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares, 2 críticas
Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3 (2010) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2022 (The Best American Poetry series) (2022) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares, 1 crítica
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 201 No. 5, February 2013 (2012) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Short story trying to be a book
eboods | 28 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
I approached this book without any knowledge of the story or the author. I read a review in early 2015 and the book was on my shelf ever since. I didn't recall the review until after I started reading the book.

I'm so glad I picked it up.

This is a fun, fast paced read that lends itself to more of summer read than winter, which is when I read it. This is ironic given that the entire story takes place on Christmas Day.

If you ever wondered about what is involved in international adoption, what the families go through, etc., this book is spot on. I know of what I speak. My wife and I adopted twin, 15 month old girls from China several years ago. I can attest to the accuracy of every single adoption observation and nuance the author writes about.

If you are a fan of mysteries and writing which are built around real world settings versus imaginary, than this book is for you. It has a great ending with a twist that I did not see coming. The author guides you in one direction to get you thinking, only to drive you completely off the mark with surprising and satisfying twists.
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BenM2023 | 28 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |
This is hardly a typical book selection for me. It had been sitting on my shelf for a year already by the time I gave it a try, and even then it was just the book I grabbed blindly on my way to bed for the night. To its credit, I read the entire book in a couple of days. I'm not normally a fan of this kind of literature. It's the kind that they call young adult in some bookstores only because the main characters are teenagers. The thing is, I've read quite a few books targeted at adults that broach fewer "taboos" than this book did and they do it with a greater sensibility in their approach. This one was a bit over the top.

It was a pretty good ghost story. Or maybe it's wrong to call it a ghost story. Is a ghost only a ghost if the person they are born out of is already dead? Maybe I'm just mincing the details too much. Anyway, the thing that this book does best is take the reader along on the psychological train wreck of being haunted or stalked by something creepy. It follows three teenage cheerleaders, Kristy, Kristi, and Desiree, at cheerleading camp (yes, I almost put the book down for that alone). They are your typical self-absorbed, petty, contradictory messes that you have to anticipate a writer creating as filler in most high school dramas, basically three overfilled barges of mental baggage. Top it off with the story being written in the first-person view of one of those aforementioned messes, Kristy Sweetland, and you've got a world-class narcissist on your hands.

It opens with an unplanned afternoon excursion to go skinny dipping at a local lake that goes terribly wrong thanks to a few relatively creepy local boys playing stalker after crossing paths with the girls at the local gas station. Okay, so the beginning reads like just about a thousand movies I've consistently avoided like the plague of American cinema that they are. There's the predictable chase through the backroads of nowheresville, the narrow escape, and the triumphant taunting of their pursuers wherein they decide to give them a taste of what they missed by baring all from the waist up as they cruise past the gawking hormonal creeps. Yes, I even suffered through the nauseating descriptions of each girl's chest as compared to that of insecure Kristy. Where it all picks up is in the aftermath of that ill-fated trip.

Back at camp, their victory is short lived. Of course, the stalkers somehow aren't through with the girls yet, not after getting a look at the three of them topless. The girls try to return to business as usual, Kristi going back to sulking, Desiree angling her way into the pants of the attractive male camp counselor, and Kristy standing by to envy her loose friend for her carefree and vivacious ways and of course, obsessing over how every other girl at camp views her. The author does a pretty thorough job of making you root for the stalkers or perhaps an oversized alligator from the lake with an overdeveloped appetite for self-obsessed teenage girls. That last part was just a suggestion, but I think it would have been worth a closer look.

Anyway, the boys begin turning up in the woods outside the cabins to stare and generally creep the girls out and one by one the three of them begin to unravel in their own little ways. This was the real fun of the story, comparing their different descents into paranoia and the measures they went to to protect themselves, none of which really helped. If they were even remotely likable people, I suppose at one point I might have started feeling bad for them, especially the sulky Kristi who seemed fit for a straight jacket pretty early on, but that never was the case here so it kept the fun simple for me. I could have done without the chronicles of Desiree and her boy toy, but I suppose it was a necessary piece of the whole unfortunate puzzle. You can't have a sex-crazed supporting character sit around eating ham sandwiches for the entire book…unless of course she's waiting to get groove back or something.

Overall, if this book were made into a movie that stayed true to the original text, it would be rated R for sure, and not just because of the flashing scene toward the beginning. There is enough sex in this otherwise to make sure of that. But it's a good psychological thrill ride. There are some pretty tense moments. The writer has an absolute mastery of metaphor and the descriptions of everything from the scenery to the characters' expressions are chock full of vivid imagery. The plot is a mixture of clichés and overdone twists, but the end scene and the final plot twist are both fairly alarming. Bottom line is while I wouldn't make the mistake of suggesting this to any random teenager, I wouldn't call it a bad book for the rest of us. Give it a try when you're after a fast, mindless summer read and I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
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matthewbloome | 6 outras críticas | Dec 26, 2020 |
Kind of a white people book... I mainly felt really sorry for the adoptive daughter, Tatiana, whose mother, the protagonist, was reacting to what seemed some pretty run-of-the-mill teen angst with "Something followed them home from Siberia..." In a way, the book can be read as a meditation on what happens when writers don't write. The mother is always talking with! lots! of ! exclamation! points! about how she wants to be, should be, thinks about writing. But I didn't get past 60 pages of what was a pretty boring story that promised a lot more than it delivered.… (mais)
MaximusStripus | 28 outras críticas | Jul 7, 2020 |



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