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Kingdom of the Young

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Kingdom of the Young

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"Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the crônicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino." —Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution
The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships. From the honeycombed caves outside the Alhambra to the streets of Havana, from hospital wards to quinceañera parties, these stories—along with the collection's illuminating nonfiction coda—testify to Meidav's vast imaginative range.

Edie Meidav is the author of three novels—The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

"Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the crônicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino." —Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution
The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships. From the honeycombed caves outside the Alhambra to the streets of Havana, from hospital wards to quinceañera parties, these stories—along with the collection's illuminating nonfiction coda—testify to Meidav's vast imaginative range.

Edie Meidav is the author of three novels—The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

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About the Author-
  • Edie Meidav is the author of three novels: The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. Work from Kingdom of the Young appeared in Conjunctions and American Literary Review, among other places. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

Table of Contents-
  • Table of Contents
    Believers
    Kingdom of the Young
    Romance, or, Blind in Granada
    The King of Bubbles
    The Buddha of the Vedado
    Knaves
    Quinceañera
    Beef
    Catullus
    I Never Had Any Problem with You
    The Golden Rule, or, I am only trying to do the right thing
    Modern Parables #1: Theft
    Dreamers
    Dog's Journey
    Koi
    Talent
    The Christian Girl
    Coda
    Questions of Travel
    Daughter of California

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 6, 2017
    With her first collection of stories, Meidav ( Lola, California) offers an uneven but charged series of character portraits. The most remarkable are of an aging "educational consultant" who ogles a young woman in a hot tub in "The King of Bubbles," and, in "Beef," a veteran who works as a shady door-to-door meat salesman and insists that his tactics aren't evil: "if it were evil, I'd be a liar or someone would've stopped me already." These eccentric highlights are unfortunately surrounded by stories in which Meidav's arresting prose is applied to more forgettable subjects. In "Dog's Journey," a Cuban boxing prodigy becomes "a shame to the nation" after escaping to Florida, and in "Koi," an interracial childhood friendship proves to be impossible to sustain. A more startling revelation is that the woman in "The King of Bubbles" has two glass eyes; when she removes them to swim, she exposes "two gouged slits no monster could envy." It's an effect akin to what's imagined in "Modern Parables #1: Theft," about a young man who has turned kleptomania into performance art in which "you enter the show as a viewer and don't notice when or how your pocket is picked." This is an experience based on shock and surprise, not a slow procession to an obvious conclusion. "A person," Meidav's narrator observes, "could be freed by such magic."

  • Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution "Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the crônicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino."
  • Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes
    "These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night."
  • Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years 
    "Oh what imagination. Oh what story-telling. What beautiful language. What more do you want? Go ahead and be greedy like me. Meidav, a prose stylist of the first rank, has got us covered."
  • Leela Corman, author of Unterzakhn "Edie Meidav's writing is a cascade of fireworks. Her ideas are little bombs--and these stories, fast-spinning sparklers. Her hallucinatory prose flares with color and heart."
  • Terese Svoboda, author of Live Sacrifice
    "In Kingdom of the Young, whether Edie Meidav riffs on Cuban dogs or 'a tiny pert woman in a cherry tracksuit' called Hummingbird, she unfurls a mean sentence.... A collection of surprises, with a sparkling nonfiction coda."
  • Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
    "I loved this book. Her stories and essays make a whole--a brilliant pairing, each part informing the other, with mutual gravitas and depth."
  • Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
    "Kingdom of the Young will engage readers for its clear authority, musical language and surprising empathy."
  • Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time
    "Kingdom of the Young is masterfully written. With deep and uncanny empathy, Meidav penetrates to the heart of her characters. The writing is a pleasure to read, ranging widely but always urgent and original, with streaks of sly humor."
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