Flings: Stories


Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.0 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds--hosted by the Gospel Coalition.


"At the root of Taylor's fiction is one the great ineffable questions, so simple as to come off almost silly when stated plainly--why are the current state of things one way rather than another? Unanswerable, of course, but this collection cements Taylor's status as a young writer to follow."--Daily Beast
"Infused with pop-culture and literary references alike, Taylor's profoundly understated and often funny stories establish him as an unequivocal voice for the Internet age."--Booklist
"Taylor's insightful stories illuminate the many ways we fall in love--and out of it--and how romances shape our identity both while they last and long after they conclude."--Shelf Awareness
"Justin Taylor somehow makes available to us just how strange we are, here in late-capitalist early 21st-century America. Taylor's stories chart a path through the truth, and the result is that Flings is urgent, necessary, funny, and amazing. A writer we need to read."--Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
"In this luminous collection of short stories, Taylor takes on the theme of constancy of self amid the ephemeral relationships that make up our lives.These stories, by turns witty and piercing, form an uncommon portrait of the human heart."--Publishers Weekly starred review
"I tore through this book with white knuckles and a sense of relief, grateful to finally learn more about the human condition from an author willing to give it to me straight. Taylor is a brilliant writer who can tell it like it is without sacrificing style, humor, or surprise."--Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa
"It's an insane idea, but Taylor pulls it off. . . . [A] beautiful meeting of Don Delillo, Philip Roth and Aaron Cometbus."--Charles Bock, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children