Blue Land C.D. Collins

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Published: August 6th 2012

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195 pages


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Blue Land  by  C.D. Collins

Blue Land by C.D. Collins
August 6th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 195 pages | ISBN: | 4.45 Mb

The title of C. D. Collins debut story collection designates not so much a place as a state of mind. Its the very idea of refuge: a haven, a last resort. With a voice that is at once sad, beautiful, angry and deceptively lyric, Collins guides usMoreThe title of C. D. Collins debut story collection designates not so much a place as a state of mind.

Its the very idea of refuge: a haven, a last resort. With a voice that is at once sad, beautiful, angry and deceptively lyric, Collins guides us through the heat-shimmered lowlands of her characters everyday lives to the bittersweet inner sanctums that enable them to survive. These are trips from which we come away enlightened, emboldened and sometimes enraged, but always strangely hopeful.The people in Collins exceptionally well-wrought stories are Kentuckians, many but not all of whom moved away. All the characters come from hardscrabble folks. Collins writes differently according to a storys length.

The shortest pieces are the most impressionistic, taking on the economy of poetry- thus, Hands distills The History of Kentucky Tobacco Farming in Five Voices. Those voices are all in the same family- Wendell Berry might envy Collins achievement.

The longest stories are polished character studies. Blue Land illuminates the Massachusetts-based narrators Kentucky-bound beloved, 20 years after their college fling, sadly sunk in her heritage and the bottle. Instructions from Men, a uniquely discomfiting memory piece, presents a girls first molestation by an uncle.

The star of this altogether brilliant collection, however, is Sin Verguenza, which begins irresistibly: A coke head and a junkie are two different things.—Ray Olson, from BooklistCD Collins has the voice of a natural-born storyteller. The stories in this collection have the compressed beauty of poetry and the richness of novels. Original and unforgettable.—Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and Alternatives to SexIn this gripping collection of stories its as if we meet the descendants of the tenant farmers documented so famously by James Agee and Walker Evans.

But while treating her people with dignity and empathy, CD Collins also claims her rights as an insider. Beautifully crafted, Blue Land is both heartbreaking and hilarious.—Alexandra Marshall, author of Gus in Bronze and The Court of Common PleasC.D. Collins tunes her ear to the speech rhythms of her native Kentucky and her heart to the covert joys and enduring sorrows of her characters in Blue Land.

I get the picture. First despair then tunnels of light, says the burn-scarred narrator of Jesus and the Sineaters and these words evoke the power of this debut collection: Collins plumbs a fiery, unforgettable vein.—Jennifer Barber, author of Rigging the WindBlue Land is full of wild and unforgettable stories whose first lines promise everything and whose endings bring that promise home with grace and heart.—Pamela Painter, author of the story collections Getting to Know the Weather and Wouldnt You Like to Know?One criteria of fine work is that it rises above its creator.

One cant but help to recall the narrative styles of Agee, Faulkner, and Harper Lee, because Collins voice is powerful and haunting as any of these writers. It returns me to the South, a land of raconteurs where people move slower, and The Land is as fickle, constant, cruel, beloved, abused and beautiful as any man, woman or child.Blue Land is about many generations deep belonging to a place about being owned by the land where secrets have a way of eventually rising from their sinkhole like an old refrigerator.

Blue Land, which I read at night before going to bed, until my eyes would close and the narrative continued into my twilight sleep. Then Id wake and turn on the light, the voice so powerful, the faces and actions of the characters forcing driving me to the living room where I turned on the television to be lulled asleep by its simplemindedness.—Diana Saenz, Editor, The Boston Poet



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