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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
At heart, these stories explore generational intersections, with teenagers confronting the moments that will foment their directions to adulthood, and adults searching out opportunities for change in their present lives, gazing back on their own defining experiences in order to help chart new courses.

Jeff Kass is a teacher of English and creative writing at Pioneer High Sc
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Dzanc Books (first published March 22nd 2011)
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Lavinia Ludlow
**Parts of this review were originally published in American Book Review.**

Jeff Kass has packed a ton of literary meat and wit in his articulate collection of short stories, Knuckleheads, released in April 2011 by Dzanc Books. It’s filled with charming tales which ping-pong between adolescence and adulthood; shattered dreams, immature dick-swinging contests, unbridled testosterone, stolen Pop Tarts, middle-aged dick-swinging contests, and the ever universal sexual frustration.

Kass opens his col
hilarious and realist look at boys, boys in psorts, boys on playgrounds, boys in basements, boys in classrooms, boys in adulthood, boys on golf courses, but from these seemingly simple troupes comes surprisingly touching truisms and broken dreams.
Mark Staniforth
The ten short stories that make up Jeff Kass's debut collection prove there's plenty of life left in the coming-of-age genre yet. Kass's approach to the topic is refreshingly different: in these tales, for the most part, the play on sports teams and end up getting the girls. There is not so much of the overt nihilism of those chronicled in, say, James Franco's 'Palo Alto'. Which is not to say Kass's characters necessarily enjoy happy high school days. They're afflicted by just the same insecurit ...more
Knuckleheads knocked me out. It's full of finely observed stories with tremendously assured first-person voices. Many of these stories share common elements: characters in or looking back on high school sports careers, on one side of the bully/bullied equation, with a heightened sense of body consciousness -- the collection is well-titled. But the similarities don't feel limiting or constricting, because the individual stories are so strong (it also doesn't hurt that several break the mold). A s ...more
Funny, quick and very askew. Short story collection about men and the silly things they do. I've you've got one in your life, give them this book. They'll thank you, in between long, deep chuckles.
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