By Ed Allen
In "Celibacy-by-the-Atlantic," Phil negotiates a lingering, low-intensity remorse because of the yearly kinfolk get-together at his mom and dad' seashore condominium, the place stories of his aimless, privileged early life mingle with forebodings of his aimless, privileged heart age. In "A Lover's consultant to Hospitals," Carl lies in mattress, pining over a stillborn romance via a moody, post-op haze of painkillers. As a consoling needle during the middle, the thing of Carl's unrequited affections additionally seems to be his nurse.
In "Burt Osborne principles the World," a precocious boy ponders his youth in "a international protected from whatever you may think doing to make it extra interesting." Sensing that in simple terms extra of an analogous awaits him as an grownup, Burt charts a unique course--as a category clown with a really poisonous feel of mischief. Others, like Lydia in "Ralph is going to Mexico," assert their individuality extra without difficulty, for they're simply too clearly bizarre to be cowed through conference. Lydia's difficulty is whether or not she must have her leukemic cat filled and fixed or became a hat after he dies.
These lyrical stories have fun the ordinary--and the now not so ordinary--with a flourish of Nabokovian wit that mixes grandeur, kitsch, and the author's extensive empathy along with his characters.
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