Books by Ron Carlson

RETURN TO OAKPINE by Ron Carlson
Released: July 15, 2013

"Carlson's book affectionately captures the rhythms of small-town life. It's an understated work, spread a little too thin."
Carlson's fifth novel, in which two native sons return after a long absence. Read full book review >
THE SIGNAL  by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"A bit of a comedown from the bracing high of Five Skies (2007), Carlson's best novel to date, but an eye-opening trip well worth taking nevertheless."
Energetic depiction of a rocky mountain romance that sputters along for an eventful decade. Read full book review >
FIVE SKIES by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2007

"A thinking man's novel, containing all the rugged elements of Western allure."
An emotionally bleak novel by noted short-story writer Carlson (A Kind of Flying, 2003, etc.) develops a strong, touching bond among three male workers on an isolated building crew in the Idaho mountains. Read full book review >
A KIND OF FLYING by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Though Carlson often nods, his best tales will endure, and shouldn't be missed."
High entertainment value distinguishes many of the 35 stories here, all distilled from Arizona writer Carlson's first three collections (The Hotel Eden, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Ron Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"What boys do (but not why), bullies, parents, and sleepovers outside are carefully limned, but readers never lose a sense that this all happened very long ago (the late '50s, to judge from the song "Earth Angel") in a downtrodden small town near Everywhere. (Fiction. YA)"
In the summer that he's 12, Larry and his friends, Witt and Rafferty, do what boys do in this literary, if not quite satisfying, coming-of-ager. Read full book review >
AT THE JIM BRIDGER by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"At his (frequent, though inconsistent) best, this is one of our better storytellers. It's about time for a Ron Carlson Selected Stories."
The agonies of adolescence and the moral confusions of adulthood and middle age are observed with finely honed wit in this entertaining fourth collection from the Arizona author of Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1977) and Plan B for the Middle Class (1992). Read full book review >
THE HOTEL EDEN by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"An overall disappointment, but those last two terrific stories make it clear that we'd better keep reading Carlson. (First serial to Esquire)"
 A distractingly uneven compendium of 12 stories from the generally unpredictable author of two previous collections (The News of the World, 1987; Plan B for the Middle Class, 1992). Read full book review >
PLAN B FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS by Ron Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"Bland stuff."
 Carlson (The News of the World, 1987; Truants, 1981; Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1977) writes stories in High Workshop Style: odd frameworks, scant forward motion, pearled with mundane perceptions of gladness and gloom that all come across as post- adolescent: ``I love to fly,'' the narrator of the title story confides—``I always sit in the window and press the corner of my forehead against the plastic glass. Read full book review >