[Pdf/E–pub] (The Dream Life of Astronauts) BY Patrick Ryan
Trangers that powered these stories and imbued them with impactI am continually amazed at the immense talent among those individuals writing short stories today and Ryan efinitely belongs in this community If you like short stories this is a collection worth reading even if you re not a space enthusiast I look forward to seeing what s next in his careerSee all of my reviews at A stack from the short story collectionshelves that I m re visiting and re reading before I take them awaynot rated individually no review comments as I m reading them in a very non linear way I used to call these waiting room books and I m surprised by how many of these stories I remember reading the first time aroundalmost a short story timelinemadeleine Which makes it so hard to part with booksThe Collected Stories of Elizabeth BowenWhere The Money Went Kevin CantyBeautiful Girls Beth Ann BaumanOur Former Lives in Art Jennifer S DavisYou Are Not a Stranger Here Adam HaslettAnatomies Andee HochmanThis Is Paradise Kristiana KahakauwilaHere In the World Victoria LancelottaFemale Trouble Antonya NelsonHow to Breathe Underwater Julie OrringerSlow Dance on the Fault Line Donald RawleyNightbird Cantata Donald RawleyThe Hill Bachelors William Trevor The Dream Life of Astronauts a short story collection by Patrick Ryan captured me
with the verythe very story The Way She handles is set in the summer of 1973 Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror during the Watergate hearings I remember it well and appreciated all the references and I even felt a little rush when the love song from The Poseidon Adventure was mentioned and I knew what that was The Morning After by Maureen McGovern and then spent the rest of theay trying to get that tune out of my headMost of the stories are set in the 1970s and all are set in or around Cape Canaveral and mention the US Space Program I have worked at the Johnson Space Center here in Houston for over 26 years so I appreciated many of the etails It s rare to like every single story in a short story collection but in this case I id enjoy each and every one Though the longest story Miss America was my favorite It s about 16 year old Dani who aspires to being Miss Florida and then Miss America one ay Her stepfather has just left her mother who is not handling it well whatever that looks like Her mother suddenly wants them to be friends but Dani has a secret and needs a mother very much The Dream Life
OF ASTRONAUTS IS ABOUT A YOUNGAstronauts is about a Young Named Frankie And His Burgeoning Sexuality named Frankie and his burgeoning sexuality in the collection as story called Earth Mostly links and continues both Dani and Frankie s storiesRyan is an absolutely wonderful writer often his escriptions two brothers who are bullies or a wife that may or may not be poisoning her husband are both hilarious and harrowing at the same time not easy to pull off I ll be eagerly watching for from Patrick Ryan in the future An excellent collection of short stories with a common thread of the Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida The characters are all Forensic Entomology The Utillity Of Arthropodos In Legal Investigations drawn from the lower rungs of success with failed careers marriages and relationships populating the pages set against headline news events such as the Watergate scandal and poignantly the ChallengerisasterRyan s characters are all instantly memorable Men of Destiny despite their seemingly normal existencesue to his incredibly evocative writing style He picks instantly recognisible traits in people so you feel you know the characters from the off meaning the reader is engaged and invested in their storiesA hugely enjoyable collection of wonderful stories Highly recommended. Tection feuds with the busybody head of his condo board; a grandmother sentenced to Beginnings in Psychotherapy driver’s ed after a traffic accident surprises herself by falling for her instructor Set against landmark moments the first moon launch Watergate the Challenger explosion these privateramas unfurl in startling ways The Dream Life of Astronauts ratifies the emergence of an indelible new talent in ficti. Up of his parent s marriage A foster girl lives on a farm around the time of the first moon landing A teenage girl reams of being in a
MISS AMERICA PAGEANTA BOY SCOUT LEADERAmerica pageantA boy scout leader sad to see his own so bully another boy There are many other stories as well They span from 1969 up to the early 2000 s Some stories are tragic others humorous I liked the stories I liked that some took place around important times
in history My grandmother s having sex with that riving school manUh oh the bird man saidMrs Kerrigan s grip wenthistory My grandmother s having sex with that Reportage on Crime driving school manUh oh the bird man saidMrs Kerrigan s grip went causing Steve to tilt to one side Do you even know what that means she asked BeccaThere s a thing and a hole and the thing goes in the hole Never mind I know you re going through a hard time right now Becca I th Enjoyable collection of short stories thatraw the reader in from the start I like how some of the minor characters return as the main character in later stories usually taking place years American Architecture down the road Nice way of tying some of the stories together Wonderfulescription too Not a collection to read if you want only happy endings
however But at least they re realistic endings The area around Cape Canaveral consisting of several long islands containsBut at least they re realistic endings The area around Cape Canaveral consisting of several long islands contains population not all connected to the Space Center but affected by its proximity in Resonance of Suffering different ways I was reminded of stories set in and around say Las Vegas in which people leading ordinary lives cannot help but be associated with the Strip even if they never s So let me make one thing clear before you make theecision whether or not to read this collection of short stories based on the title The Last Circus and the Electrocution despite taking place at or around Cape Canaveral in some cases simply in the same Florida county the majority of these stories have nothing too with astronautsWhile a few have the space program as a narrative thread within them or at least mention something space related in passing for the most part these well written stories are about people who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives Some are emotional some are thought provoking and at least one was laugh out loud funny and a few are interconnected with others in the collectionAmong my favorites in the collection were Earth Mostly in which a woman who is raising her granddaughter finds herself assigned to a river s ed class after a traffic accident and is attracted to the instructor Go Fever which is about a man whose coworker is convinced his wife is poisoning him but that s just the tip of the iceberg Miss America in which an aspiring Miss America contestant is taken to an audition with a less than reputable talent scout while she is ealing with upheaval in her own life and her mother s Fountain of Youth about a man in witness protection from the Mafia now living in a retirement community and matching wits with the power hungry head of the condo board The Way She Handles which tells of a young boy whose parents marriage hits a rough patch with the arrival of his carefree uncle and the beautiful title story in which a young man is Minds Of Their Own drawn to a former astronaut and is unprepared for what comes nextWhile one or two of the storiesidn t resonate for me as much as the ones I mentioned above Patrick Ryan is a tremendously talented writer and he created some memorable characters and situations I really enjoyed reading about Although I felt that a few of the stories could have taken place anywhere and the connection with Cape Canaveral almost felt like an afterthought it is the foibles of the human heart and our interactions with lovers colleagues family members children and Of the paths they find themselves on A would be Miss America auditions for a shady local talent scout over vodka and Sunny D; a NASA engineer begins to wonder if the woman he’s having an affair with is slowly poisoning her husband; a Boy Scout troop leader recovering from a stroke tries to protect one of his scouts from being bullied by his own sons; an ex mobster living in witness pro.