By Ed Allen
In "Celibacy-by-the-Atlantic," Phil negotiates a lingering, low-intensity remorse attributable to the yearly relations get-together at his mom and dad' seashore condominium, the place thoughts of his aimless, privileged formative years 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 item 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 global shielded from something you may think doing to make it extra interesting." Sensing that merely extra of an identical awaits him as an grownup, Burt charts a special 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 are simply too obviously unusual to be cowed via conference. Lydia's drawback is whether or not she must have her leukemic cat filled and fixed or changed into 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 large empathy together with his characters.
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