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The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead
The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories | Chanelle Benz
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A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing. A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred. The characters in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature, but they share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benzs stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.
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LitDrivenGirl
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Hour 18 Nightstand Books #24in48
I'm not at home, but here is what I have with me this weekend. Most often my nightstand starts out with one priority pile and then quickly morphs into two and three priority piles... in other words best intentions 😏🤯🤪🙃. #tbrpiles #readingretreat

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BookishFeminist
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I started this last night and am really enjoying these quiet, strange stories. So nice to be able to enjoy this day off reading with the windows open and snuggling with this doofus. 🌤 #thebookishferrets

Megabooks 😍😍😍😍 2y
Vinjii Awwwww 😍 2y
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aeeklund
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After all the medical stuff over the last 24 hours, I needed something relaxing. So, of course, I headed straight for a bookstore (one next to one of my favorite coffee shops). Took a moment to enjoy a Cafe Cubano and pick up a title I've had my eye on for a while (as well as my order for Nasty Women from Independent Bookstore Day). It's been a long week; this was so restorative. #treatyoself #shopindie

DebinHawaii Glad things are OK and that you got some self care in. Looks like a nice break! 📚☕️👍 3y
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Betty_Bookworm
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Pickpick

Oh yeah. Loved. 🖤

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Betty_Bookworm
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"...armed with a shotgun and a short life expectancy" is probably one of my new favorite quotes. #chanellebenz

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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

After listening to 1.95 of these stories...no....nope...no way...no thanks....just no.

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shawnmooney
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Gah! Just started this on audio and the narrator has a completely swoon-inducing, bewitching Southern drawl. I can't remember the last time an audiobook grabbed hold of me so completely right from the get-go!

shawnmooney Now that I've finished listening to the first story, I am much more 'meh' about the writing, but yes indeed the narration is stellar. 3y
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maximoffs
Mehso-so

This is more a so so for myself as I really felt like I was missing something. The writing is beautiful but I spent most of the stories confused and once I figured it out the story was over. I wished my high school teacher had assigned it so we could discuss what the stories meant because they felt packed with meaning that was over my head.

maximoffs *i received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 3y
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maximoffs
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The commute home begins with this one!

LeahBergen This sounds GOOD. 3y
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maximoffs
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Two stories in and I'm not sure how I feel yet. However, this is my #commuteread today

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maximoffs
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My next #commuteread!

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Sfox414
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#FeistyFeb day 1 - #tbr

Right now I have 13 books checked out from the library...and these 8 are all due back by February 7. Guess I'd better get to reading (and renewing)!

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brennareadsbooks
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#allisnotlost I need a stack of books while my mom is in the hospital. I'm giving this one a shot but having a hard time getting into it.

MyNamesParadise Hope your mom is ok!! 3y
brennareadsbooks @MyNamesParadise Thank you! She's recovering from surgery. 3y
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bookriot
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A wildly original debut collection about people whose longing for escape lead them rushing toward difficult choices. There‘s a young girl who runs away with her outlaw brother; a diplomat‘s daughter gets caught up in deadly missions; an ex-con searches for her father; a teenage boy tries to come to terms with having a father in prison. These stories and more are full of brutal truths & beautiful language about moral ambiguity, love, & family.

MamaJow This sounds really good 3y
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Liberty
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Pickpick

A wildly original debut collection about people whose longing for escape and adventure lead them rushing toward difficult choices. These stories are full of brutal truths and beautiful language about moral ambiguity, love, and family. Chanelle Benz is one to watch. 🔥🤘🏻📚

TrishB Love the title 😀 3y
Brenley Just saw this! Looks really interesting!!👍 3y
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shawnmooney
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Liberty's rave about this one on this week's episode of All The Books piqued my interest. The title didn't hurt, either. I don't usually go for debut collections of short stories by younger writers because, let's be honest, if the stories are not at least 70% as good as Alice Munro or Mavis Gallant, I am likely to bail and pan. But I see this is on Audible so, with their great no-questions-asked returns policy I will give it a go that way.

Redwritinghood You're setting a pretty high bar for these young writers! But I agree that short story collections can be really hit or miss. (edited) 3y
shawnmooney @Redwritinghood I do indeed set the bar high, especially for short stories. :) 3y
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emilygatlin
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The title of this book makes me think of Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun. This Ralphie doesn't care.

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StephanieY
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The title should be a hint - the short stories in this collection are full of violence (rape, domestic abuse, hangings, beheadings, uprisings) but somehow I finished the collection feeling hopeful. Benz's memorable collection of stories will take you from the 16th century to the future, from Louisiana to Beirut. It's a wild ride. Pub date 1/17/17.

StephanieY Fans of Saunders you need to read this! 3y
StephanieY Fans of Oyemimi should also read this book! 3y
MrBook That title 😂👏🏻! 3y
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StephanieY
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the breeze rolls in from the river, over the levee, down the corridor of oak trees... It is late August, and Louisiana is the eighth circle of hell.

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StephanieY
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Strange titles. Bright colors. Some good looking January '17 books.

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