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Michael Andreoni examines the working-class life in this collection of sixteen short stories. Written with grit and touches of humor, these thought-provoking stories offer an insight into the flawed and intriguing humanness within us all.
Stories included in the collection: "Stump," "The Window Is a Mirror," "Edwin Floating," "Drambuie Tam," "Julian’s Crunchy Apotheosis," "Pastoral," "Possum Haw," "Moving Day," "Brown Black No Ink," "The Devil-Ape of Goma," "Consolidated Freight," "Fifteen Tops," "Soft Power," "The Symmetry of Children," "Tea Party," and "The Approach to the Bridge"
A Note From the Publisher
"With humor, grace, and lightning-quick prose, Andreoni tells the stories of loan-sharks, angel-headed bakers, and panther-riding gunslingers. A dark and beautiful collection of 21st century ballads.” — Alexander Weinstein Award-winning author of Children of the New World
"Gritty, unflinching, powerful, daring, deft. These words come to mind when reading Andreoni’s startling and clever collection of stories. He gives us razor sharp insights into flawed and intriguing human beings who struggle to survive, deal with the truth (or not), and wrestle with stuck-ness and futility. Each story becomes a window mirroring back to us the different shades of light and darkness, and some have a touch of magical realism. But the surprises keep coming. The characters feel trapped but still find ways to live another day. And we walk with them, and hope with them too. As one of them says, after a series of harrowing events— “born new into darkness, could you imagine light?” — Zilka Joseph Author of Sharp Blue Search of Flame, What Dread, and Lands I Live In
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