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The Other Side

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This debut collection of short stories by a rising young voice in American letters takes on the human condition with grit, humor, and penetrating insight. In "Lucy di Sartoria," a woman's marital infidelities prompt her to reevaluate her life. The title character of "Billy Stevens is 28" faces twenty-something angst, as the weight of missed opportunities falls squarely on ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Fieldnor Press
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Kim
I love a good short story. For awhile, it was my favorite genre (if you consider it one, it is, right?) I love that I can take 10 minutes to maybe an hour and invade someone else’s space. I could be sitting on a park bench but really I’m sitting in a café in Paris or I’m waiting at the dentist but really I’m a jealous husband sitting in my living room watching my wife and her blind friend flirt it up.

Voyeurism in quickie form.

Lorrie Moore, Susan Minot, Raymond -freaking-Carver, Hemingway… the
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Melissa (ladybug)
I won this book in Goodreads' first-read program, but have not received it yet. :( Anyone else received it, that have won it?

Finally received it on 11.14.11.

Finished reading it on 11.16.11.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in the Goodreads' first read program, in exchange I will write an honest review.

A book of short stories, the book is slim and easy reading. The stories range from an extramarital affair to a woman developing telekinesis. I found some of the stories really good,
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Gary Butler
Apr 13, 2014 Gary Butler rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, drama
31st book read in 2014.

Number 338 out of 375 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUzat...
Jon
Jan 23, 2011 Jon rated it liked it
E. Thomas Finan's debut collection of short stories is a work whose title is aptly given. Six of the seven stories very clearly revolve around people at transitional points in their lives, as they move from "one side" to the "other." In a sense, most short stories work this way, providing us with a glimpse into a life that is undergoing some kind of transformation at the time when the chrysalis is about to break open, but in Finan's work, that moment seems to be almost at the forefront.

The stron
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Maria
Oct 26, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
More and more, I am becoming a huge fan of short stories. They force the author to get to the point fairly quickly, they make the characters pop out at you by giving them such a short amount of time to live in your imagination, and they are so powerful in that they can have such a huge impact on you in so short a read.
I finished this book of short stories in about a day, simply because it was so entertaining! I love Finan's quirky characters and unusual stories. Here's a rundown of how I felt:

Lu
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Grady
Feb 01, 2011 Grady rated it really liked it
E. Thomas Finan, born in Massachusetts and now teaching in Miami, writes in a manner like a sidelines observer of just how miscalculated are the lives of the people he watches. He has skill in abundance and in this, his first collection of short stories to be published, he tests various tempi and moods and for the most part finds success with each form of style in which he writes.

The folks who populate these stories don't seem to be a happy lot; most appear to be caught somewhere along the clot
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Vicki
Jan 27, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of enigmatic short stories that was sent to me via Goodreads. It is a slim volume, but one would do well to read it slowly and ponder each story before reading the next. The over-arcing theme perhaps is introspection, perhaps communication, or the lack of it, which leads to misunderstanding and missed opportunities.

Finan finds his protagonists in seemingly random settings and picks up the story right where we find them, without much explanation about how they got there. This
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Vicki
Jan 08, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
This is a collection of enigmatic short stories that was sent to me via Goodreads. It is a slim volume, but one would do well to read it slowly and ponder each story before reading the next. The over-arcing theme perhaps is introspection, perhaps communication, or the lack of it, which leads to misunderstanding and missed opportunities.

Finan finds his protagonists in seemingly random settings and picks up the story right where we find them, without much explanation about how they got there. This
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Tiffany
Aug 21, 2011 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
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Melissa Namba
I did not enjoy this book of short stories. The only story that I felt was marginally interesting was the one about the guy on the bus. But even that one, well, not overly interesting. It is usually the policy of editors to pick the best or most interesting story in the bunch as the title of the collection. This one selected the worst and most laughable. And the book ended it. So the last thing I remember about this book is laughing in a bad way at the way the last story ended. I have 7th grader ...more
Tony
Mar 06, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Finan, E. Thomas. THE OTHER SIDE. (2010). ****. Finan is a lecturer at the University of Miami. This is his first collection of short stories. They vary from very good to excellent, dependent on how they fit in with your particular interests. There is not a common theme in the stories, though most of them deal with the processes that people use to find themselves in life. Most of us go through these transforming experiences at one time or another and can ultimately relate to Finan’s characters. ...more
Al
Jan 29, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
Upon reflection, the seven stories in this collection appear to be more different than alike. The lengths vary. The focal characters are both male and female. They’re rich, poor, and in between. They cover the full emotional range, from happy to sad. Yet the collection holds together because they all seem real, both the people and their tales. No reader will read each story and say, “I’ve been there,” but everyone will be able to say they got a glimpse of "The Other Side."

**Originally written fo
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Trish
Oct 04, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
Received the book. Thanks for sending it out. I will get to reading it. Thanks again.

I love short stories. They are just right so I can read them inbetween kids little emergencies. Thank you for letting me read it.
Christina
Oct 30, 2011 Christina rated it liked it
Slim, well-written volume of short stories. Didn't really rock my world. Review: http://thebluebookcase.blogspot.com/2...
Jen Gamberg
Oct 15, 2011 Jen Gamberg marked it as to-read
Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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