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  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Swim for the Little One First
  • Noy Holland
  • English
  • 13 May 2016
  • 9781573661690

10 thoughts on “Swim for the Little One First

  1. Sandra Sandra says:

    Holland writes stories about people in simple sentences She writes about what they do and where they live places often impoverished and rural These characters are not usually given to introspection nor does the narrator offer explanation leaving it to a carefully chosen complex of details In “pachysandra” we meet Rose who “broke a finger dialing the telephone” She “kept TVs on in every room” and “a big rusting freezer in the basement stuffed with meatloaf and frozen lettuce” The plots in this collection are as ephemeral as the passage of a routine a day or a life They build around themes that do not shy away from episodes of failures little ones and major ones Yet we find triumphs of love and spirit in the brokenness Two very short stories that tug at the heart with these small victories are “love’s thousand bees” about an encounter between a destitute boy and a school girl during her recess and “jericho” whose mother abandoned him to the care of the old señora The protagonists are both small blind boys perhaps blind to their circumstances The strong rhythm of the longer Merengue aptly titled carries the reader through a series of gloomy episodes in wonderment at how this young couple who lives with old men in a rundown hotel goes on in spite of cruelties and deprivations Sometimes the characters in other stories do not make it What impresses me about Holland’s writing is that she reminds us pointblank how close we are to a capricious and tough fate which is sometimes dramatic in its blows but often is invisible creeping up on us incrementally through days and years These stories do not deny hard realities


  2. Sam Sam says:

    As is usually the case I'm sure my rating will drop to 4 stars with enough time At the time of this review however I can't overstate how much this collection stirred my imagination and caused me to reevaluate the nature and function of style Ms Holland deftly conveys just how much an innovative aesthetic can enhance atypical stories and charge them with a metric ton of goddamn feeling Of all the stories Merengue and Blood Country affected me the most the former due to its examination of isolation and regret and the latter for its emotional juxtaposition of entropy and regeneration The stories may not be universally strong but that's beside the point; as I said before this is a collection that has the power to challenge your preconceived notions about the genre of short fiction


  3. Full Stop Full Stop says:

    by Daniel GreenThe influence of Gordon Lish as teacher and editor on numerous American writers is well known so than his own fiction Although this influence has extended to a wide range of writers from Raymond Carver to Harold Brodkey one group of currently notable writers seems to be especially sensitive to Lish’s influence Writers such as Gary Lutz Diane Williams Christine Schutt and Noy Holland palpably employ in somewhat different but observable ways the strategy Lish calls “consecution” the focus on constructing and linking sentences by considering sound and rhythm as well as sense Indeed these writers no doubt take the strategy farther than Lish himself ever intended resulting in short stories all but Schutt work almost exclusively in the short story but her best work may also be her short fiction using a mode of composition that produces an alternate principle of structure and form through which “character” and “story” are not abandoned but emerge as the afterthought of the movement of language the characters and plots subordinated to the autonomy of that movementFrom this shared commitment to fully exploring the linguistic resources of the sentence as a literary device each of these writers draws on those resources in their own way with different stylistic signatures that also create divergent larger scale formal effects Although all four writers work in narrative fragments Williams’s stories are both the most highly compressed and the most elliptical Her brief fictions especially reuire very close attention to the materiality of their sentences including their sound each one of which might be an episode in itself the interval between them a leap in time or place The same is true of Lutz’s early work although recently his stories have gotten longer even if Lutz’s own sentences are notable for their utterly singular wordplay than for advancing clearly discernible plots Lutz is perhaps the writer among this group who has most intensively developed the strategy of consecution taken from Lish and in fact has developed it well beyond what Lish could have had in mind while Christine Schutt might be described as the most “lyrical” prose stylist although her prose is ultimately not so conventional in its carefully cadenced lyricism which in its way is as sensitive to the intricacies of sound and syntax as Lutz’s unpredictable sentences Schutt’s novels in particular come closest to fulfilling traditional expectations of plot and character but the reader who approaches her fiction simply for its narrative interest and who fails to appreciate what Lutz in his essay “The Sentence is a Lonely Place” calls the “page hugging” appeal of Schutt’s writing will surely miss out on a significant element of its achievement and appealRead here


  4. Mike Young Mike Young says:

    from NOÖ 14Read this before falling asleep a lot which was perfect for the melting latticework of Holland’s stories I want to talk about the sentences in terms of Latinate school subject words—their geography their anthropology their topography—but I know I can’t because these sentences sew their tricks from much lived in registers Bought this after I watched Holland read the story “Milk River” and it made me cry The story is about two girls with brothers at war and fathers sick headed and dogs dogged and mothers dead This book is about mixing the dust of the plains and the dust of the desert and how sometimes you can’t hear what’s flown


  5. Melissa Melissa says:

    Luckies Like Us just about killed me So smartly deftly beautifully written and a devastating narrative The way she handles language the way she manages sound and ambiguity is stunning In those respects it's like reading poetry There is also so much heartbreak here Like reading Raymond Carver a bit But most often I am floored by the sentences and the intense actions that are happeningShe went by feel not watching and dabbed the milk at Maggie's breast She held a kitten to her let it root and mew Their breasts had puffed up just enough and the buds were like satin and the kittens latched softly on


  6. Tim Colwell Tim Colwell says:

    Devastating in it's reach into the human heart and it's ability to make me chuckle Thank you Noy Holland Can't wait as with all her books to retread this book these sentences


  7. Mark Mark says:

    stories that are almost poems touched with remorse and sadness but still vibrant powerfuland very beautiful


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Swim for the Little One First❰Ebook❯ ➩ Swim for the Little One First Author Noy Holland – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Swim for the Little One First is a dazzling new collection of twelve short fictions by the acclaimed fiction writer and prose stylist Noy Holland The stories gathered in Swim for the Little the Little Epub á One First is a dazzling new collection of twelve short fictions by the acclaimed fiction writer and prose stylist Noy Holland The stories gathered in.


About the Author: Noy Holland

Noy Holland’s latest work the Little Epub á is I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like New and Selected Stories out now from Counterpoint Press Noy's debut novel Bird came out in Other collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First FC What Begins Swim for ePUB í with Bird FC and The Spectacle of the Body Knopf She has published work in The Kenyon Review Antioch Conjuncti.