In this Book

The Ohio State University Press
summary
Matt Debenham’s stories are for people who think they don’t like short stories. These stories don’t leave off in mid-breath; instead, they feature characters who seem to live on even after their closing pages. The humor in The Book of Right and Wrong makes the jarring moments that much more jarring, and the tender moments that much more tender. their characters at the defining moments of their lives. A mother finds herself defending her son’s biggest bully from a tormentor of his own; a young man watches as his cape-wearing former high-school classmate proves himself more adept at making friends; a social worker gambles everything on expediting an adoption—and causes unforeseen consequences for every person in her life; a boy standing in for Jimmy Carter in his elementary school’s mock-election inadvertently starts a bloody playground war; an ex-con single father finds himself on the inside of his town’s social circle, with no clue as to how the game is played. With lively storytelling and empathy to spare, The Book of Right and Wrong defies the notion that full, memorable characters live only in novels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. Beard of Bees
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. Still Life with Dead Bird
  2. pp. 10-18
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  1. 3. I Was Jimmy Carter
  2. pp. 19-25
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  1. 4. Little Liars
  2. pp. 26-29
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  1. 5. Version
  2. pp. 30-40
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  1. 6. Guests of Honor
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. 7. Mr. Cake-for-Breakfast
  2. pp. 58-64
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  1. 8. Failure to Thrive
  2. pp. 65-88
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  1. 9. Depot Island
  2. pp. 89-99
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  1. 10. The Book of Right and Wrong
  2. pp. 100-117
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  1. 11. Kate the Destroyer
  2. pp. 118-126
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271223
Related ISBN
9780814251737
MARC Record
OCLC
899261120
Pages
126
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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