Instructions for a Funeral by David Means


David Means “cements his reputation as one of the finest, and most idiosyncratic, practitioners of short fiction” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) in this collection of harrowing, personal tales.

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Following the publication of his widely acclaimed, Man Booker-nominated novel Hystopia, David Means here returns to his signature form: the short story. Instructions for a Funeral—featuring work from The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, and VICE—finds Means branching out beyond the explorations of violence and trauma with which he is often identified, prominently displaying his sly humor and his inimitable way of telling tales that deliciously wind up to punch the reader in the heart. With each story Means pushes into new territory, transmuting a fistfight in Sacramento into a tender, life-long love story; an FBI stakeout into a tale of paternal urges and loss; a man’s funeral instructions into a chronicle of organized crime and the destructive force of paranoia. His work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Denis Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver—but Instructions for a Funeral proves that his place in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.

Instructions for a Funeral by David Means
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