The Rope Swing: Stories

The Rope Swing Stories Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long listed for The Story Prize A once booming West Virginia rail town no longer has a working train The residents left behind in this tiny hamlet look to t

  • Title: The Rope Swing: Stories
  • Author: JonathanCorcoran
  • ISBN: 9781943665112
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long listed for The Story Prize A once booming West Virginia rail town no longer has a working train The residents left behind in this tiny hamlet look to the mountains that surround them on all sides The outside world encroaches, and the buildings of the gilded past seem to crumble every day These are the stories of outFinalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long listed for The Story Prize A once booming West Virginia rail town no longer has a working train The residents left behind in this tiny hamlet look to the mountains that surround them on all sides The outside world encroaches, and the buildings of the gilded past seem to crumble every day These are the stories of outsiders the down and out What happens to the young boy whose burgeoning sexuality pushes him to the edge of the forest to explore what might be love with another boy What happens when one lost soul finally makes it to New York City, yet the reminders of his past life are omnipresent What happens when an old woman struggles to find a purpose and reinvent herself after decades of living in the shadow of her platonic life partner What happens to those who dare to live their lives outside of the strict confines of the town s traditional and regimented ways The characters in The Rope Swing gay and straight alike yearn for that which seems so close but impossibly far, the world over the jagged peaks of the mountains.

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    1. I've become such an enormous fan of short stories over the years. They allow talented authors to develop a world in miniature, to quickly draw you into a story and endear their characters to you, and tie everything up (or leave it purposely ambiguous), all in the span of a relatively small number of pages. They can experiment with different narrative styles or themes, or link their stories around a particular set of characters, setting, and/or time period. When it all works, short stories can be [...]

    2. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThis is awesome! THE ROPE SWING tinyurl/jnmevfyMy review now at The Oak Wheel, a terrific group blog.New ‪#‎review on my blog‬! THE ROPE SWING tinyurl/gpp9vg3This collection of stories brings to life the Appalachian people's many struggles to survive as towns wither & die, as industries leave & outsiders forget they exist, and as gay young men grow up, leave, or stay to face a life of Being Careful. Jonathan Corcoran, bravo for finding the perfect home for this [...]

    3. An enjoyable collection of short stories about small-town life. My favorites were the two that focused on the young gay experience, "The Rope Swing" and "Through the Still Hours," both of which I wish were novels. Highly recommend!

    4. I don't typically pick up short stories collections--I always want to stay with characters longer. In The Rope Swing that rings true even more loudly, as these characters are so fully formed even in such short forms. These are people I want to sit around in a bar with, listening to just one more story before close. The collection itself revolves around characters of the same home town--we pan in and out of various lives here, learning the landscape and the people, often blurring the two: "The mo [...]

    5. This is an incredibly powerful collection of stories that, due to its narrative and thematic arcs, reads more like a novel. Corcoran is a master of emotional nuance as evident in characters who will break your heart. However, there is also extreme tenderness in the love that the characters have and seek, as well as in the beautifully realized settings, both rural and urban.It's difficult to believe that this is Corcoran's debut as it's written with a wisdom of craft and style. Lucky for us, he h [...]

    6. These stories have a certain emotional feel, a melancholy, and some were very depressing with a kind of reflection and a distinct doom or pessimism. I liked this book but was saddened by all the white characters it made me think that they are Trump's voters and that makes things simplistic.I especially liked "The Rope Swing," "Brooklyn, 4 A.M" "Excavation," and "A Touch."

    7. Although I do not normally read short stories, I picked this one up. I am glad I did! The once booming mining economy now foregone in W. Virginia's towns, leave an interesting backdrop for a variety of characters in the chapters. The characters, gay or straight, are eclectic, flamboyant and interesting. Their stories are beautiful and sad like the towns they live in. The last two chapters are set in NYC, and speaks truth to any transplant living in the "prettiest ugly city" while missing a home [...]

    8. This collection of loosely related short stories is excellent from start to finish. Jonathan Corcoran beautifully captures the dignity and vulnerability of young gay men in modern Appalachia. As his characters come of age, some move away to the city, others stay in the mountains, some come out, and others stay in the closet. The love of the mountains and the sense of place can be felt throughout the book as this West Virginia town prospers and then slowly fades away. I look forward to reading mu [...]

    9. Beautiful, well-developed characters that bring the reader into the stories. I felt profoundly engaged with the happenings of this town from beginning to end. I loved it!

    10. What an absolutely lovely read to start off my year. With The Rope Swing: Stories, Jonathan Corcoran offers readers a mix of quiet beauty and melancholy through 10 loosely interconnected stories involving the residents of a small Appalachian town. Tackling issues of identity (both queer and straight) and isolation, Corcoran masterfully paints a delicate portrait of life in small town in America in a place so very much removed from the boom of big businesses. His characters read as real people ei [...]

    11. A lovely, lush collection of stories from the Greek-Chorus of “Appalachian Swan Song” to the subtlety of “A Touch”. A series of short stories bound tightly to each other - as much by theme as by geography. But these themes are layered, so I can quite see coming back to these stories again to find they leave me with new insights. Probably because, as I read, I find such a rich peripheral presentation. Where I might see leave-taking and the husks of nostalgia with one reading, another migh [...]

    12. Such gorgeous prose. I felt so connected to each place and each person in these stories. Their longings for safety and love and belonging were both nuanced and universally relatable. A beautiful collection!

    13. Sometimes one reads something that touches your heart and reminds you of life. This collection of Appalachian short stories is just such a work. I loved it.

    14. 4.5/5 - An exceptional debut from a promising author. I picked this one up, read a few pages, and put it down. A day or so later some of what I read permeated my brain. It needled in me and got me to open the book again. I reread the opening pages, and then I read on. And on. This was a beautiful collection of stories focused on both gay and straight characters and situated primarily in an unnamed community of West Virginia, with a few set outside, but with apparent connections to said community [...]

    15. While the stories could be slow to get through at times, they were really beautiful, with quiet descriptions of the subtleties of relationships and full of descriptions of small town America and backdrops of lush picturesque nature. I didn't like all of the stories, some could be real downers for a couple different reasons, on of which being that morn than a few of the characters were impossibly inept at communicating their feelings.

    16. More gay than straight stories. Not that that matters. It's that kind of simple complex thing that makes for a good short story.

    17. 3.5 -4; Loved the descriptive WV setting, could connect with the characters in the stories, good varietywant to know if Christopher found his way. :)

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