The Whole World at Once: Stories

The Whole World at Once: Stories

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The Whole World at Once is a collection of intense stories about the experience of loss. A soldier returns home from multiple tours only to begin planting landmines in the field behind his house; kids chase a ghost story up country roads only to become one themselves; one girl copes with the anniversary of her sister's disappearance during the agricultural fair, while another girl searches for understanding after seeing the picture of a small boy washed onto a beach.

Dark, strange beauties, all of the stories in The Whole World at Once follow the lives of people grappling with what it means to live in a world with death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Morganstown, United States
  • English
  • 1943665575
  • 9781943665570
  • 3,398,363

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The Whole World at Once is a collection of intense stories about the experience of loss. A soldier returns home from multiple tours only to begin planting landmines in the field behind his house; kids chase a ghost story up country roads only to become one themselves; one girl copes with the anniversary of her sister's disappearance during the agricultural fair, while another girl searches for understanding after seeing the picture of a small boy washed onto a beach.

Dark, strange beauties, all of the stories in The Whole World at Once follow the lives of people grappling with what it means to live in a world with death.
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Review quote

"Erin Pringle's stories leave you no choice. They sing so gorgeously, break your heart so perfectly, that you're forced to revise your understanding of loss, luck, and love." - Tom Noyes, author of Come by Here: A Novella and Stories

"A strikingly original collection. This book is poetic, yet has a deep sense of storytelling." - Laura Long, author of Out of Peel Tree and editor of Eyes Burning at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia
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About Erin Pringle-Toungate

Erin Pringle-Toungate grew up in rural Illinois and received her first writing award, a red ribbon, in first grade. Her work has been selected as a Best American Notable Non-Required Reading, shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship, and a finalist for contests such as the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest and the Kore Press Short Fiction Award. She was awarded a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, which she used to write and revise many of these stories. She is the author of The Floating Order.
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Rating details

9 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
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4 11% (1)
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2 22% (2)
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