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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Finalist, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards

From a small French city to a park outside the neon glitz of Tokyo, and beyond, these interconnected stories follow the adventures of Brian, Ondrej, Yuji, Jason, and others as they navigate the tumultuous path of life and love.

Featuring: Shin-Kiba Park (Pushcart Prize nominee; from Gival Press's ArLiJo) Nagasaki (Dana Award
Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by MLR Press
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When I was a student, I used to sit outside of a café with my friends (oooh, bad students!) and play at “grasping humanity”. The rule was to make a cup of coffee last as long as possible, to focus on passersby and feel as consciously as possible the fact that each anonymous face and silhouette was well and truly a being whose uniqueness crossed paths with ours for the blink of an eye, or longer if we chose to intervene. It might sound like a “duh” moment, but it was vertiginous, just li
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When you read a good short story, you glimpse character's lives and realize there's so much about them you will never know. When you read a *great* short story, you long to know more about them beyond the limited pages. When you read a *FANTASTIC* short story, you miss these characters before their tale concludes.

I missed these characters before their tales concluded.

I miss shabby Kevin from the story, Reunion. I want to know if Joel from The Curtain Wall will grow up okay. What about Don from
"Nagasaki" is by far one of the most poignant stories I've read in a very long time.

"Marco Polo" is devastatingly beautiful.

Brennessel is a strong writer.
I'll add my kudos to the story Nagasaki that's been mentioned here. Brilliant.

I was gripped by Marble Arch. I really Didn't know where that one was headed. The character of Don swirled around in my head for a long time after I finished the story.
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When Barry’s first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry’s audience—consisting solely of friends and family—were both amused and bemused.

Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State
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“I am yours, too,” I whispered back, and those several minutes were the happiest in my life, eclipsing everything that came before and everything that has come after.” 1 likes
“The Ondřej feeling swept over him. The very thing he tried to explain to Sheila over the phone from France. The feeling that drove him to fly to Japan. You fall too fast, Brian Caleb. Please don’t be a pathetic idiot again. You be careful. His logical side screamed at him as he walked over to Jason and helped him down from the examination table.” 1 likes
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