It's Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories

It's Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories

Erin Flanagan

Flyover Fiction Series

208 pages

Paperback

September 2013

978-0-8032-4629-4

$19.95 Add to Cart

About the Book

“It’s not going to kill you,” a mother tells her protesting child. And maybe it won’t, but that doesn’t mean anyone is getting off scot-free. A no-man's-land between exoneration and repercussion, this is the place where the people in Erin Flanagan’s stories live: in events as big as 9/11 and as small as an infatuation with a dog groomer, as meaningful as the birth of a baby and as senseless as a car crash, as unique as a 1980s air band living out dreams for a city in decline and as common as an afterschool job that sucks. These stories accept that we all make mistakes, but it’s what we do in the aftermath that defines us.

Sharp-witted and tenderhearted, these are stories in which readers will find people they recognize but never really knew until now.
 

Author Bio

Erin Flanagan is a professor of English at Wright State University and the author of the short-story collection The Usual Mistakes, available in a Bison Books edition.
 

Praise

“Smart, lively, and full of skillful turns, It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories offers a poignant and unforgettable look at who we are when we have to face the complicated and necessary ways in which we all matter to one another.”—Lee Martin, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever


“Erin Flanagan’s haunting stories sneak up on you with their sensory, sometimes startling images that ground you in the lives of her flawed but striving characters. . . . Flanagan also pulls off beautifully what I’d begun to suspect perhaps couldn’t be done—‘Feather the Nest’ is the first 9/11 story that makes sense to me.”—Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals


“With compassion, humor, and graceful writing, Flanagan explores the themes of lost opportunities, missteps, and miscommunication, and the search for one’s place in the world. As the stories unfold, hidden emotions are revealed so that no one . . . is quite who he or she seems to be. The stories’ conclusions are immensely satisfying, and the characters will continue to reverberate long after the reader finishes the book.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

"There's no voyeurism in these stories. Flanagan's characters sit right next to you and tell you everything, even the details they don't realize are all too personal, too private."—Greg Baldino, Booklist

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
It’s Not Going to Kill You
The Good Neighbor
Dog People
I Don’t Live in This Town
Front and Center
A Possible Story
The Summer of Cancer
Feather the Nest
The Winning Ticket
A Democrat in Nebraska
The Only Thing That Can Take You
All I Want Is You
Source Acknowledgments

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