Sean Ennis
Chase Us: Stories
August 09, 2018 Comments.. 987
Chase Us Stories In this beautifully imaginative collection young people attempt to negotiate the often surreal terrain of childhood and adolescence where family friends clergy and teachers often pose a threat ins

  • Title: Chase Us: Stories
  • Author: Sean Ennis
  • ISBN: 9780544263000
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this beautifully imaginative collection, young people attempt to negotiate the often surreal terrain of childhood and adolescence where family, friends, clergy, and teachers often pose a threat instead of providing safe harbor At the heart of the collection is the relationship between the meek narrator, his best friend alpha male Clip, and the near feral Roger but therIn this beautifully imaginative collection, young people attempt to negotiate the often surreal terrain of childhood and adolescence where family, friends, clergy, and teachers often pose a threat instead of providing safe harbor At the heart of the collection is the relationship between the meek narrator, his best friend alpha male Clip, and the near feral Roger but there are also agoraphobic mothers, gorgeous babysitters from New Zealand, paranoid stoned veterans, and deeply sad older sisters.Ennis has crafted modern day captivity narratives, set not at some remote fort, but in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia Using cinematic imagery and deft characterization, Ennis explores how we often feel confined and yet find ourselves in places we least expect.

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    1 Blog on “Chase Us: Stories

    1. M.O. Walsh says:

      Oh, man. I loved CHASE US! This is a legitimately great and new book of stories, and I don’t mean new in that it’s hot off the presses. I mean that it uses characters and time and identity in ways that I’ve not come across in any collection since Jesus’ Son. This is not to say it’s experimental or too heady or any of that bo-hunk. The individual stories are traditional in their arcs and still, thankfully, aim at the heart over the head. The cast of characters, however, employ this stra [...]

    2. Emily Green says:

      Full disclosure: I was supposed to receive Chase Us as part of First Reads, but never actually received the book. However, I had already purchased the book when I found out that I won it—and I had already purchased it because Sean is a friend and a stand-up guy—we studied at the University of Mississippi together, where he was a year or two ahead of me.That being said, Chase Us is an incredible first book that chronicles the growing up of group of boys in Philadelphia, including their youth [...]

    3. Greg Talbot says:

      OkayI really don't want to come down hard on a book, especially of a young writer with a lot of imagination, but I end up just finding the book "ok".Here's what I enjoyed. There was a fairly imaginative narrator, a bit interior, and the relationships with his friends develop throughout the book. There are tragedies that occur, written surreally, with a grizzly ragged violence depicted, that can be very stunning.But I found myself observing, and unable to get caught into the story. Events pass fa [...]

    4. David says:

      Sean Ennis's 'Chase Us' is like a funfair hall of mirrors - each story features characters with the same names living in the same Philadelphia suburb, but in each story the characters or their relationships are slightly skewed, each offering a distorted reflection of what has come before. So in one story the narrator's parents might be dead but then alive again in the next (chronologically later) tale; a character called Roger is first introduced as the older boyfriend of the narrator's sister, [...]

    5. Roland says:

      Sean Ennis’ Chase Us is a fabulous story collection by a supremely talented and gifted writer. I’ve been a fan of Sean’s for many years, having admired the stories of his I’ve read in a number of fine publications. Many of them are published here, and not only do they stand the test of time, I’m happy to report they’re actually more impressive on later readings. The stories in Chase Us are set in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia over a span of a decade or two. They follow a [...]

    6. Scott Miles says:

      While all of the stories in Ennis' collection are imaginative and entertaining, it was the 'adulthood' stories in the latter half of the book that stood out best for me. The first handful of stories were about younger men, with a younger narrator, and this younger narrator was often insightful, and the events of the stories, at times, were bizarre and fantastical. I liked them well enough. The stories had common characters throughout the collection, too. His best friend Clip. His sister Lovely. [...]

    7. Gretel says:

      I have no qualms about the writing style; Ennis writes in an accessible way, but I really loathed the narrator and the majority of the characters; a bunch of savage boys/men. Most of the stories are gritty, and didn't really leave with anybody to root for. The timeframe of these stories are something else I wasn't too keen on; the jumps are too big, if that makes any sense. Also, I feel as if the collection would've been greatly improved if some points in the story were explored further, such as [...]

    8. Katie Farrell says:

      I really didn't mind the writing style- it was plain and simple Yet somehow i found myself wondering what the heck was going on half of the time. It's not a bad book I think it just isn't my type of thing. I didn't really feel myself attaching to any characters, or finding any feelings toward them It was just odd

    9. Penni Russon says:

      I loved this funny, dark box of tricks. Just when you think it's one thing, it spins the wheel and becomes something else. It's a short story cycle, it's a novel, it's a POMO fractured narrative, it's a beautiful interior examination of male friendship, of self and other, of families, it's a coming of age story, it's a sardonic comment on society, it's an elegy for the future.

    10. Marvin says:

      Mostly enjoyable stories that more or less follow a single narrator from childhood to young adulthood in suburban Philadelphia. Suffers from sticking with the same characters, or character names, I think: Some simply didn't seem to line up well enough with that idea.

    11. Jesse Freedom says:

      This book consist of good (but not always whole-some) stories about family, friendship and growing up. They all follow the same person, but some of them contradict things that happened in other stories.

    12. Bobbyswagg89 says:

      Stellar. I picked it up this afternoon and did not put it down until it was finished.

    13. Ethan Yarbrough says:

      Clever, surprising and surprisingly touching short stories.

    14. Matt says:

      I really just didn't "get" these stories at all.

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