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In this story from Kevin Moffett's dazzling new collection, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events, an immigrant working at an amusement park faces a daunting, dramatic decision when he loses one of his dental crowns. "Having a choice," Maxim realizes, "only meant he was going to make the wrong choice."

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ISBN: 9780062233158
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A collection of nine short stories -- “pedigreed” stories you might say, since eight of them were previously published in literary journals like McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Harvard Review, and two of those were selected for volumes of The Best American Short Stories series.They're quietly funny, mostly accessible but sometimes confounding, and often melancholy but in a comforting way that says we get through difficult times. I enjoyed the originality in premise or voice in most of the stories, especially the title story about a young writer, his writing mentor, and his father who in retirement "began writing trueish stories about fathers and sons"; and another that opens when an architecture student, on board a plane awaiting takeoff to Italy, receives a text that the terminally ill father he just visited has died ... the tension builds beautifully as he hesitates, deciding whether to go back or go on.I gave up on one (curiously, the only unpublished) story and skimmed another. But I’ll look for more by Kevin Moffett.(Review based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher.)more

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A collection of nine short stories -- “pedigreed” stories you might say, since eight of them were previously published in literary journals like McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Harvard Review, and two of those were selected for volumes of The Best American Short Stories series.They're quietly funny, mostly accessible but sometimes confounding, and often melancholy but in a comforting way that says we get through difficult times. I enjoyed the originality in premise or voice in most of the stories, especially the title story about a young writer, his writing mentor, and his father who in retirement "began writing trueish stories about fathers and sons"; and another that opens when an architecture student, on board a plane awaiting takeoff to Italy, receives a text that the terminally ill father he just visited has died ... the tension builds beautifully as he hesitates, deciding whether to go back or go on.I gave up on one (curiously, the only unpublished) story and skimmed another. But I’ll look for more by Kevin Moffett.(Review based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher.)more
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