Almost Tall



[Read] ➵ Almost Tall Author Vestal McIntyre – E17streets4all.co.uk Vestal McIntyre, whose award winning books You Are Not the One and Lake Overturn, were both named Editor s Choice by The New York Times Book Review, has a reputation among fans for his, Vibrant tales Vestal McIntyre, whose award winning books You Are Not the One and Lake Overturn, were both named Editor s Choice by The New York Times Book Review, has a reputation among fans for his, Vibrant tales that blend sadness, insight and wry humor Chicago TribuneIn Almost Tall, fourteen year old Dinah finds herself plucked from her provincial midwestern ballet class and dropped in her uncle s glittering New York penthouse What starts out as a lonely summer quickly becomes a whirl of cocktails and haute couture under the mercurial attention of her uncle s bombastic and insecure partner, Eddie With remarkable poise, she struggles against a city that seems determined to turn innocence into cynicism and the young into strangers to youth.Almost Tall

Vestal McIntyre was born and raised the youngest of seven children outside Nampa, Idaho He attended Tufts University, and has lived in Boston and New York CityLake Overturn A Novel was published by HarperCollins in April, The Washington Post said, In Lake Overturn, McIntyre has created a vast, intricate lattice of relationships, reminiscent of the novels of Richard RussoHere is an author capable of handling even the most noxious elements when he stirs his American backwater And Out Magazine said, Richly imagined and fully realized, Overturn has given us what we didn t know we were waiting for the next Great Idahoan Novel Lake Overturn was named a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, a Washington Post Best Book of , won the Grub Street National Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and was nominated for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a Ferro Grumley AwardVestal has been awarded fiction fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts His collection You Are Not the One Stories was named a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice and won a Lambda Literary Award His stories have appeared in Tin House Magazine, Open City Octo Ate Them All, Open City , From Boys to Men Gay Men Write About Growing Up, Between Men Best New Gay Fiction, and several other anthologiesVestal now lives in London, where he is working on a second novel and a collection of stories based on his years in New York City.

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  • Paperback
  • 30 pages
  • Almost Tall
  • Vestal McIntyre
  • 16 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Almost Tall

  1. says:

    I was lucky enough to be offered a copy of Almost Tall on my kindle e reader.I would give this sweet story a 4.5 Dinah a 14 year old girl is sent to New York City from Ohio to stay with her uncle for the summer She is there to attend Ballet Camp Her uncle really has no time for Dinah so getting her back and forth to Ballet Camp falls on Eddie, her uncles live in boyfriend Dinah feels like a fish out of water In NYC Much different from Ohio.Eddie sort of befriends her, taking her to a frien I was lucky enough to be offered a copy of Almost Tall on my kindle e reader.I would give this sweet story a 4.5 Dinah a 14 year old girl is sent to New York City from Ohio to stay with her uncle for the summer She is there to attend Ballet Camp Her uncle really has no time for Dinah so getting her back and forth to Ballet Camp falls on Eddie, her uncles live in boyfriend Dinah feels like a fish out of water In NYC Much different from Ohio.Eddie sort of befriends her, taking her to a friend who is in fashion they spend a day trying on outfits and encouraging to try outfits that may be out of her comfort zone Dinah has made one friend at Ballet class Sunny who invites her to stay at her home for a weekend slumber party A sleep over that turns in a direction Dinah is not prepared for Dinah goes back to her uncles apartment the end of this story is a sweet and touching one with Dinah and a kind person named Luis I don t want to give away too many spoilers I found this story to be a good and touching fish out of water seen through the eyes of Dinah I liked how worlds can be so different, yet you can still find people out there who befriend you when you need it I was glad I got chance to read this sweet kindle single book

  2. says:

    This story is a solid 4 1 2 stars We meet Dinah She s staying with her Uncle Rick and his partner Eddie, in New York City, while she attends ballet summer camp.Her uncle has no time for her so Eddie reluctantly has to take her on for the summer which ruins all his summer plans and he doesn t hesitate to tell everyone Ballet camp is somewhat a failure and Dinah willingly skips classes to accompany Eddie on his travels about the city, meeting his friends and aquaintances and being treated like This story is a solid 4 1 2 stars We meet Dinah She s staying with her Uncle Rick and his partner Eddie, in New York City, while she attends ballet summer camp.Her uncle has no time for her so Eddie reluctantly has to take her on for the summer which ruins all his summer plans and he doesn t hesitate to tell everyone Ballet camp is somewhat a failure and Dinah willingly skips classes to accompany Eddie on his travels about the city, meeting his friends and aquaintances and being treated like an adult She starts to feel that Eddie is her friend and she also befriends a girl in her ballet camp.Dinah has an air of maturity but she is a fourteen year old and still has a bit of child well hidden inside Just when she thinks she has friends, she is brought back to reality with a huge bump and suddenly we see the little girl in Dinah Comfort comes from an unexpected place and she finds she may really have a friend after all.I like Dinah She is a fish out of water, coming from Ohio and bravely taking on NYC She tries be mature and adult but she is fourteen after all I loved the decisions Dinah made to not give in to peer pressure and I loved the end of the story This was well written but too short I want to know what happened next This Kindle Single was supplied to me for review by the publisher

  3. says:

    I was offered Almost Tall on my Kindle for my honest review As most reviewers have already gone through the plot, I won t go there I love short stories that s actually my favorite genre, and a very difficult one the author has to develop the characters deeply enough for the reader to actually engage but at the same time this is not the place for long descriptions, backgrounds, complex psychological profiles etc Well, the author Vestal McIntyre did a wonderful job here the characters are I was offered Almost Tall on my Kindle for my honest review As most reviewers have already gone through the plot, I won t go there I love short stories that s actually my favorite genre, and a very difficult one the author has to develop the characters deeply enough for the reader to actually engage but at the same time this is not the place for long descriptions, backgrounds, complex psychological profiles etc Well, the author Vestal McIntyre did a wonderful job here the characters are wonderfully portrayed and we can almost see young, sweet Dinah as she struggles to find her way around her new and at times hostile surroundings This bittersweet story moves along smoothly, and it is very captivating It speaks closely to the heart of all of us who, one day, felt like they had to fit in somehow The clich works fine here Almost Tall is indeed difficult to put down

  4. says:

    In ballet, an arabesque is a posture in which the body is bent forward from the hip on one leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm and leg backward.This seems an apt description of Almost Tall, in which a young ballerina is balanced between two worlds It is in this position that she sees almost as an adult the beauty and ugliness of both her home in Ohio and the world she aspires to, New York.I became a fan of Dinah immediately and was even charmed by her uncle s somewhat nasty par In ballet, an arabesque is a posture in which the body is bent forward from the hip on one leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm and leg backward.This seems an apt description of Almost Tall, in which a young ballerina is balanced between two worlds It is in this position that she sees almost as an adult the beauty and ugliness of both her home in Ohio and the world she aspires to, New York.I became a fan of Dinah immediately and was even charmed by her uncle s somewhat nasty partner, Eddie I also loved Dinah s secret It was a surprise and a lovely one The last scene will stay with me for a long while

  5. says:

    Overall, I liked it Sweet, naive Dinah is sent to NYC to live with her uncle and his partner while she attends a less than prestigious ballet camp She is whisked into the hustle and bustle glamour of NYC You can feel her excitement, her disappointment, and her homesickness as she realizes she doesn t belong there.There were a few lines in the story that would make me apprehensive to recommend it to my students, but I think a few of my mature students would really enjoy the book The ending wa Overall, I liked it Sweet, naive Dinah is sent to NYC to live with her uncle and his partner while she attends a less than prestigious ballet camp She is whisked into the hustle and bustle glamour of NYC You can feel her excitement, her disappointment, and her homesickness as she realizes she doesn t belong there.There were a few lines in the story that would make me apprehensive to recommend it to my students, but I think a few of my mature students would really enjoy the book The ending was sweet, but abruptI wanted

  6. says:

    I don t often read short stories, but loved the author s Lake Overturn and won the kindle single as a Daily Lit giveaway I m glad I did Reading this story was as fun as being young and in over my head in the city, yet less painful I recently finished Tell the Wolves I m Home and this story has a similar appeal I still prefer a novel, but I m in awe of how much the author can convey in so few words.

  7. says:

    A quick, sweet read about a teen ballet dancer visiting NYC for a summer ballet camp For how short this was, I was surprised at how quickly one could get know the characters and feel a range of emotions based on their actions And the ending was perfectly fitting After feeling a range of emotions for Dinah sympathy, disgust, sadness, etc , I was so happy she didn t lose her identity in the city I was provided with a copy of this short novel from the publisher for my honest review.

  8. says:

    Many thanks to DailyLit for allowing me to read and review this story Almost Tall isn t a very long story and was a fairly fast read I was interested in reading this because I love stories about ballet dancers, particularly when the main character isn t quite an adult yet I admit I was expecting to readabout ballet, but it was really only mentioned a few times That disappointed me I was hoping for a better glimpse at this ballet camp, even though it was a disappointment for Dinah.As f Many thanks to DailyLit for allowing me to read and review this story Almost Tall isn t a very long story and was a fairly fast read I was interested in reading this because I love stories about ballet dancers, particularly when the main character isn t quite an adult yet I admit I was expecting to readabout ballet, but it was really only mentioned a few times That disappointed me I was hoping for a better glimpse at this ballet camp, even though it was a disappointment for Dinah.As far as characters go, I really didn t connect with any of them though I did feel a bit bad for Dinah and her state of loneliness Luis was a nice addition, but aside from these two, I didn t care for the other characters at all I did like the setting and the emotions involved with Dinah while she lives with her uncle and his partner I m honestly a little surprised that even though the reader is told that her parents are very religious, that they seem to have no problem sending their daughter to live with her uncle and his partner in New York unless they do not know, of course, but I never saw anything about this Just something that struck me a little odd and would have been nice to tie into the story with.The writing was okay, but seemed a bit formal for the teenaged character I found some of the dialogue to be a bit forced and unrealistic, but I ve also never been to New York so I could very well be wrong it just felt that way to me.I think I would have liked this better if there had been a littlefocus on the ballet aspect, better likable characters at least for her uncle and his partner at least , and less formal writing It was just an okay read for me, but I do see potential.Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review These opinions are my own I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review

  9. says:

    Dinah is a refreshingly innocent 14 year old from the Midwest, who has been sent to the big city of New York for a summer with her uncle so that she can attend ballet camp And of course, this summer will be anything but typical If this were South Beach, Eddie, her uncle s partner, would be Nathan Lane in the Birdcage All the characters conform to this template, including Luis, the gay houseboy , Rick, the rich uncle who provides for all, and Eddie, who occasionally designs pillows to earn hi Dinah is a refreshingly innocent 14 year old from the Midwest, who has been sent to the big city of New York for a summer with her uncle so that she can attend ballet camp And of course, this summer will be anything but typical If this were South Beach, Eddie, her uncle s partner, would be Nathan Lane in the Birdcage All the characters conform to this template, including Luis, the gay houseboy , Rick, the rich uncle who provides for all, and Eddie, who occasionally designs pillows to earn his keep When I started this book, I was put off by all the stereotypes, and the Sex and the City opening scene It seemed calculated to shock, or at least to tease As I read further, some of the characters Dinah, Luis, Rebecca becamecompelling If you were thinking, based on the description, that this book would have something to do with the New York ballet scene, I will say there is hardly any ballet in this book By the end, Dinah is barely attending the camp at all, and very little is mentioned about it We are just told that she is very good , which I would like to believe, but it seems as if she could only get into a pretty crummy camp The author mentions the family doesn t have the money, but if she was as good as she implies, she wouldn t have needed it besides, she is living with her very rich uncle, right I was also skeptical of the concept that a religious Midwestern family would send their treasured daughter to live in a Manhattan penthouse with her gay uncle and his partner for the summer, but hey, I m happy to be wrong there Overall, I thought the minor characters added depth to what ended up being a surprisingly moving story surprising to get to know the characters so well in just a short amount of time Stereotypes aside, it wasn t a bad read, just could have been better Thanks Daily Lit for the free review copy

  10. says:

    I won an electronic copy of this story in a DailyLit giveaway I ve never read anything by the author before nor have I read any Kindle Singles before, for that matter Dinah, a talented ballet dancer from Ohio, is shipped to New York City for the summer to live with her uncle and his partner and attend ballet camp The camp itself is a bit of a wash, but she learns a great deal about herself and the world in her sojourn to the big city.There are plenty of things to like about this story The I won an electronic copy of this story in a DailyLit giveaway I ve never read anything by the author before nor have I read any Kindle Singles before, for that matter Dinah, a talented ballet dancer from Ohio, is shipped to New York City for the summer to live with her uncle and his partner and attend ballet camp The camp itself is a bit of a wash, but she learns a great deal about herself and the world in her sojourn to the big city.There are plenty of things to like about this story The setting is lovely and engagingly drawn Dinah is relatively likable for a teenager while it s arguable that relatively little really happens, there s obviously a lot going on in Dinah s head as she figures things out about herself and her world We get a great picture of the fashion designer from very few encounters with her.However, a lot of the characters are very shallow stereotypes we barely skim the surface of We re behind Dinah s eyes, and she has the empathy of a young teenager among strangers, which is to say she doesn t seem to have very much of it Only Luis really pushes beyond being stereotyped, and then only in the very last part of the story I m not sure how much of this is supposed to be Dinah s insular Midwestern view and how much is unintentional, but I found her lack of connection her lack of really trying for connection, in almost every case pulled me out of the story.It s not a bad read, all in all I look forward to seeing where the author goes Perhaps this one just wasn t for me, or I read it at the wrong time

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