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At last, Christopher Meeks's third collection of short stories is out!
As Roderick Clark says in the Foreword, "It's all about love, isn't it?" In The Benefits of Breathing," Meeks dives again into the human condition, particularly within relationships. As one reader wrote on Amazon, "Some authors need a lot of words to describe their worlds and their people. Christopher Meeks says a lot with a little."
The Los Angeles Times has called his stories "poignant and wise." In this volume, "A Dog Story" captures a crumbled marriage and the love of a dog named Scrappy. "Joni Paredes" shows the birth of a new relationship that starts at a daughter's wedding. "Nestor by the Numbers" follows one man's often hilarious online dating experiences after he finally accepts his wife is gone. "Jerry with a Twist" shows an actor on an audition while his pregnant girlfriend helps him through a crisis. These and seven other stories will bring you into the special world of Meeks.
As reviewer Grady Harp notes, "If you've previously discovered the idiosyncrasies of Meeks's writing style and content, rest assured that this new collection not only will not disappoint, but also it will provide further proof that we have a superior writer of the genre in our presence."
"If you like Raymond Carver," said author David Scott Milton, "you'll love Meeks."
"Writing of this quality takes you off-guard. Meeks's terse, no-nonsense gift grabs our attention."
--Grady Harp, Poets and Artists
"This is about the real world. Among its eleven stories are instances of love needlessly discarded, love lost, love settled for, love that withers and dies, love squandered, love that backfires and love nipped in the bud....a collection that includes a good bit of optimism and hope."
--Sam Sattler, Book Chase
"This is one of those exceptional fiction books... I found myself glued up to the end of the book."
--David Nduhiu, Goodreads
"Beautifully written. This is the first book I have read from this author, and I'm going to read more of his work!"
--bookseller Cristie Underwood on Netgalley
"I am going to go ahead and call it right now that this will be my favorite short story collection of 2020.There is nothing more comforting to me right now than a great book to cozy up with, and The Benefits of Breathing gave me just that. Funny, complex, heartwarming, wacky and wonderfully weird, this collection was chalk full of memorable stories that gripped my interest and made me ask myself a lot of questions about how I perceive the world and the people in it."
--Linda Lu, Goodreads