Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth Summary

A debut short story collection in the tradition of writers like Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders—strange, imaginative, and refreshingly original—now back in print as part of Ecco’s “Art of the Story” Series, and with a new introduction from the author

Kevin Wilson’s characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. “Grand Stand-In” is narrated by an employee of the Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider—a company that supplies “stand-ins” for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in “Blowing Up On the Spot,” a story singled out by Ann Patchett for Ploughshares, a young woman works sorting tiles at a Scrabble factory after her parents have spontaneously combusted.

Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways we try to cope with both.

Book Reviews


Excellent short stories3 star

I accidentally found one of Kevin Wilson's books and I'm hooked! I've read everything he's written now and I'm sitting here not very patiently waiting for his next. I love the quirkiness in his mind that he puts to pen. Somehow he convinces me that everything in his books is possibly realistic and I love it. I've enjoyed every minute reading his books and stories. Now I'll have to read mundane books until his next book appears. Hurry please!35

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Melancholy and wonderful5 star

I really loved these short stories. They are a little out there but still perfectly relatable. I read the entire book in a day. Would highly recommend.55

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