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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
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by MLR Press
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Ilhem
Jun 15, 2013 Ilhem rated it liked it
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3,5 stars

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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Irina
Jan 31, 2015 Irina rated it really liked it
“I just want to be needed,” he might tell them all. “That pretty much sums it up.”

This book has reminded me of my first anime "5 centimeters per second" - it has similar structure and feel, and just as poignant and thought-provoking.

It consists of short stories with different protagonists but each one of them was connected to another at some point in their lives. We are told their short POVs and shown what impact they've had on the others in that passing moment.

The writing is beautiful
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Sofia
Jan 25, 2015 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars

Brennessel writes people, real fragile people, not the macho beautiful types who have everything hanging just right, who know just what to do, just what to say. No just us with all our hang ups, doubts, wins, losses, fucks ups etc. The kind of people I connected to because some instances were mirror like.

This is not a linear story, we get scenes from different people at different times, people who connect or try to connect with other people to form some type of whole. Shadows, each with our th
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Edmond Manning
Nov 12, 2012 Edmond Manning rated it it was amazing
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
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Kazza
Feb 11, 2014 Kazza rated it it was amazing
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Vespasian
Nov 01, 2011 Vespasian rated it it was amazing
"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.
Ryanst
Sep 13, 2011 Ryanst rated it it was amazing
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.” 2 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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