Award-winning author Collin Kelley ("Conquering Venus" and "Remain In Light") explores his Southern roots with this collection of four short stories set in the town of Cottonwood, Georgia. A devoted maid recalls the hijinks surrounding her employer's death from a brain tumor in "How Fanny Got Her House," while a teenage boy comes to terms with his sexuality during an unexpAward-winning author Collin Kelley ("Conquering Venus" and "Remain In Light") explores his Southern roots with this collection of four short stories set in the town of Cottonwood, Georgia. A devoted maid recalls the hijinks surrounding her employer's death from a brain tumor in "How Fanny Got Her House," while a teenage boy comes to terms with his sexuality during an unexpected game of pool in the title story, "Kiss Shot." A woman escaping an abusive relationship arrives in New Orleans during a rain storm and wanders into the famed "Clover Grill" on Bourbon Street, and "I've Got A Name" follows the trials and tribulations of an overweight woman looking for love at a community theater company....
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Kiss Shot: Stories Reviews
Collin Kelley RawIf you've never read any of Collin Kelley's poems or sampled his mystery/suspense novels (`Remain In Light ` and `Conquering Venus'), then you may not be ready for the very raw, genuinely atmospheric stories presented in this collection of four short stories titled KISS SHOT. But whether these stores are an introductory appetizer or a hefty portion of dessert for those who know his work, this is a set well worth reading.Kelley understands the South as well as Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, Fannie Flagg, John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, Cormac McCarthy, Chris Offutt, Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, Horton Foote, Allan Gurganus, and Jesmyn Ward to name only a few. He knows the mystique and the aura and the aroma and the soul of Southern living and is unafraid to look and share the underbelly of Southern society with these four journeys into the psyches of several Southern young people. He is unafraid to switch form the male to the female voice in the same story - a technique that opens the doors to understanding the characters better in the mater of a few short pages. He has the language down pat and delivers it so surely that for a suspended moment in time the reader is utterly immersed in the bizarre situations he explores.Though it is difficult to select a favorite among these four offerings the manner in which he explore the ambiguous sexuality of a young lad in KISS SHOT is among the finest `coming to grips' stories available. And he is able to take a story about a suicidal girl who is escaping the Podunk town and lands in an equally sad atmosphere only to come to grips with the source of her suicidal ideation through the kindness of a stranger. In another story a gross, obese girl tries everything to be accepted and joins a theater company where she falls into a debasing situation only to be salvaged by a skinny young lad who happens to be gay. The location - Cottonwood, Georgia with some outlying activity in New Orleans.Collin Kelley may just be on his way to joining the ranks of the fellow Southern writers listed above. He has the passion and the skills and seems prepared for more stories such as these fine four. Grady Harp
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Regular readers will of course remember Collin Kelley; I was a fan of part one of his "Venus" trilogy, 2009's Conquering Venus, in which an American school chaperone in Paris stumbles into a mystery involving young gay hustlers and aging '60s radicals, and then became an even bigger fan with part two, 2012's Remain in Light. And so while we wait for the concluding volume in this trilogy, in the meanwhile Kelley has recently released a new book of short stories as well, last year's Kiss Shot which was part of that giant glut of books we got way behind on last winter, and that I'm finally getting around to finishing and reviewing here this summer. (45 books down! Only 25 to go!) And I have to say, for a format like short stories that I'm not usually much of a fan of, I ended up really enjoying Kelley's book; and that's because the stories in this collection tend to be well thought out, surprising in their details, and with a healthy dose of unhealthy subversion baked into them all. I mean, just take the title story for a good example, in which we follow a teenage compulsive masturbator as he struggles with his sexual identity, attends a party with a girl he thinks is his date, ends up being pressured to participate in a gang rape of said girl, and ends up falling in love with a fellow male student who once groped him in the gym shower when no one else was looking, eventually moving with said lover to New Orleans on a whim after they are outed during the rape investigation. All the stories in Kiss Shot are like this, shocking sometimes in their plot turns but always grounded in reality and solid in their fundamentals, and it comes particularly recommended today over most story collections I normally review here.Out of 10: 9.0
Kelley's short stories are gritty and fast-paced. He is particularly good at establishing a strong sense of place. I only wish there were more stories.
Fun, fast reads. I wanted to be more cynical about Kelly's South, but the stories were irresistible. The bath water was cold by the time I got out.
I was in mood of reading short stories and I found this for free on amazon.The stories are different genre and different themesI was not exactly enthralled by reading the stories.I liked Only one story and other i just read for the sake of finishing the book.I give this book 2/5Devil D
These stories are wonderful and heartbreaking, stories about people who live in the dark but they are trying no matter what to see the light. Kelley's characters are heartbreakingly real and true. I'm hoping that other stories from Kelley will come soon!
Four short stories that are raw and genuine going into the minds of young southern inhabitants. Very thought provoking.