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Kevin Wilson (1) (1978–)

Autor(a) de Nothing to See Here

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Obras por Kevin Wilson

Nothing to See Here (2019) 2,091 exemplares
The Family Fang (2011) 1,451 exemplares
Now Is Not the Time to Panic (2022) 578 exemplares
Perfect Little World (2017) 483 exemplares

Associated Works

The Bird's Nest (1954) — Prefácio, algumas edições548 exemplares
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2021 (2021) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2010: The Year's Best (2010) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2009: The Year's Best (2009) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best (2005) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Fairy Tale Review: The Translucent Issue #13 (2017) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Wilson, Kevin
Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Sewanee, Tennessee, USA
University of Florida (MFA)
Leigh Anne Couch (wife)
University of the South

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Kevin Wilson is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Family Fang (Ecco, 2012), Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017), and Nothing to See Here (Ecco, 2019) as well as the collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 2018). His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Rivendell, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his sons, Griff and Patch. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of the South.



Come for the gimmick, stay for one touching, and one puzzling, relationship. The gimmick of course is the children who periodically burst into flame, which doesn't do them any harm. The story doesn't try to explain how this could be, making it magical realism instead of science fiction. Also making it explainable as a mere metaphor for how children can be difficult. What, children can be difficult? It's true!

The puzzling relationship is between Madison, the two children's step-mother, and Lillian, her roommate for half a year of ninth grade at an elite boarding school. Madison is beautiful and was raised to be at home with power and wealth, and is now married to the kids' father, an important Senator, but has trouble forming relationships and has no real friends. Except Lillian? Lillian was a scholarship kid at the school before being expelled, taking the fall for Madison's actions after Madison's arrogant father wrote Lillian's uncaring mother a large check, sending Lillian back to a life of poor schools and dead end jobs. This relationship has all sorts of subtexts - a massive and uncomfortable power imbalance, hidden and repressed sexuality, dysfunctional families, thwarted ambitions.

The touching relationship is between these kids and Lillian. The children's mother, a paranoid recluse, has killed herself and tried to kill them as well. Their father, the Senator, has no feeling for them and wants them to be hidden away. They catch on fire. Safe to say, they've got some issues. Madison asks Lillian to leave behind her barely functional life to care for them in a guesthouse on their massive estate. It shouldn't work out but it does, and the kids and Lillian find love and redemption in each other. And it's actually written pretty well.

There's less done with the flammable aspect of the children than I was expecting, so I got a different book than I thought I was about to read, but it's an entertaining and solid read.
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lelandleslie | 131 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
You can’t beat a serendipitous 5 star charity shop purchase from an author you’ve never heard of. (The fact it was only published last year and in pristine condition adding to its appeal) Despite this, I ummed and ahhed a little before buying it, yet buy it I did and furthermore started reading it straight away - swiftly finding out I had struck the aforementioned gold
Dzaowan | 131 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |
This book was a sometimes darkly funny, sometimes horrifying, quirky, and sweet story about misfits, young and old, based on a strange premise: children with some genetic condition that causes them to combust when agitated, and even at will as they grow older. Stranger still is the fact they themselves are not hurt by the flames emanating from them, but the flames nevertheless ignite objects or burn people they touch. Ten-year-old twins Bessie and Roland Roberts have plenty of reason to be agitated: When they were five, they and their mother were discarded by their father, Senator Roberts, when he found a new wife, Madison - who worked miracles on his campaign. Then after their mother's death, the Senator, who is on a short list to be the next Secretary of State, needs to take them back and wants to keep them out of the spotlight so they don't damage his prospects. Madison decides to hire a governess - her best friend from boarding school, Lillian, who had taken the fall for Madison, vis-a-vis a handsome payoff to her mother, and gotten expelled yet remained loyal via correspondence in the years since. The Senator is a complete asshole; Madison is somewhat more redemptive; and Lillian really shines in the end. I found Lillian's character a little unbelievable - she seemed more male than female - but nevertheless the story was entertaining.… (mais)
bschweiger | 131 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
I enjoyed Nothing to See Here and warm fuzzies I got from it. I think this book lacked that emotional connection for me. I did like the story line and how one moment in time can be a lifetime of memories. I noticed other reviews mentioned an authors note at the beginning. Was this only in the audiobook? I went back and looked for it, to no avail. I think if I had read that it might have set a better tone for the book.
slittleson | 38 outras críticas | Feb 2, 2024 |



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