By Ed Allen
In "Celibacy-by-the-Atlantic," Phil negotiates a lingering, low-intensity remorse as a result of the once a year relatives get-together at his mom and dad' seashore condominium, the place stories of his aimless, privileged formative years mingle with forebodings of his aimless, privileged center 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 in the course of the middle, the item of Carl's unrequited affections additionally seems to be his nurse.
In "Burt Osborne ideas the World," a precocious boy ponders his formative years in "a international shielded from whatever you may think doing to make it extra interesting." Sensing that simply extra of an identical awaits him as an grownup, Burt charts a unique course--as a category clown with a very poisonous feel of mischief. Others, like Lydia in "Ralph is going to Mexico," assert their individuality extra without problems, for they are simply too clearly strange to be cowed by means of conference. Lydia's quandary is whether or not she must have her leukemic cat crammed and fixed or become a hat after he dies.
These lyrical stories have a good time the ordinary--and the no longer so ordinary--with a flourish of Nabokovian wit that mixes grandeur, kitsch, and the author's large empathy along with his characters.
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