Listen and Other Stories
Liam Callanan, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, returns with a short story collection that crosses decades, oceans and continents in pursuit of stories that, like its title suggests, are more than worthy of a listen.
An excerpt from “The Bear Hunter” from Listen and Other Stories:
Eddie had fought hard. At least for a little while, at least as long as he thought it was just some of the other guys messing with his tent, trying to poke and punch him through the thin nylon shell. He was the new boy; he could have expected this, especially because he had a hoard of candy that he wasn’t sharing. But now the hoard was gone. The bear had eaten some, scattered the rest, and wandered off, as if bored by all the blood, which fascinated me. I know that’s a strange word to use, fascinated, but I was, I am, at how empty and motionless that boy was. I don’t mean Eddie. I mean the kid next to him. I mean me.