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The Resource Making Nice, Matt Sumell

Making Nice, Matt Sumell

Label
Making Nice
Title
Making Nice
Statement of responsibility
Matt Sumell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Matt Sumell's blazing, heartbreaking first book, our rage-filled hero Alby is flailing wildly against the world around him--he punches his sister (she deserved it), "unprotectos" broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small and spews insults at children, slow drivers, lunch ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. It seems he is the angriest young man in the history of angry young men, and in each of these stories, we watch him run at life with a breakneck speed. But after the loss of his mother to a long battle with cancer, swirling at the center of Alby's fury is a grief so big, so life-shatteringly profound, it might swallow him whole. As Alby drinks, screws, and jokes his way through his pain--from his childhood home on Long Island to a houseboat in a California and many somewheres in between--his heartache, his anger, his kindness and his capacity for good bubble up when he (and we) least expect it. One part Junot Diaz and one part Barry Hannah, MAKING NICE is a naked, hysterical rendering of a heart sorting through its broken pieces, clinging to laughter and rage to survive. With prose that is by turns mirthful, jagged, and devastatingly raw, Sumell delivers a powerful, full-steam-ahead debut that will wrestle you to the ground and keep you laughing even as you try to catch your breath. MAKING NICE is a new classic about love, loss and the fine line between grappling through grief and fighting for (and with) the only family you've got"--
Summary
'Hero' Alby flails wildly against the world around him - he punches his sister (she deserved it), "unprotectos" broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small, and spews insults at children, slow drivers, old ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. In each of these stories Alby distills the anguish, the terror, the humor, and the strange grace - or lack of - he experiences in the aftermath of his mother's death. Swirling at the center of Alby's rage is a grief so big, so profound, it might swallow him whole. As he drinks, screws, and jokes his way through his pain and heartache, Alby's anger, his kindness, and his capacity for good bubble up when he (and we) least expect it. Sumell delivers "a naked rendering of a heart sorting through its broken pieces to survive".
Theme
Storyline
Writing style
Character
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10395850
Cataloging source
DLC
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Sumell, Matt
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Target audience
adult
Label
Making Nice, Matt Sumell
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881041972
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pgs.
Isbn
9781627790932
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014013035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881041972
Label
Making Nice, Matt Sumell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881041972
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pgs.
Isbn
9781627790932
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014013035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881041972

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