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Close Encounters

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Here are maps of the distances between us and within us. With humor, anger and deep emotion, Jen Michalski's first collection of stories is a window on the daily struggle for connection that links and separates us all. (2nd printing; paperback edition).

“Michalski reveals to the reader the sparkly gems of the seediest of worlds. Michalski is best when she creates realities
Paperback, 2nd , 148 pages
Published June 2007 by So New
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Jen Michalski's book is full of stories that are strange and imaginative and thoughtful and wonderful. Her writing is creative and very deftly crafted. Highly recommended.
Melanie Page
Jen Michalski, my editor at JMWW, sent me this book as a gift. Much appreciated!!!! I always worry when it's time to say something on Goodreads, especially about friends, even ones I haven't met yet, like Jen! It's scary: I don't want to talk about things I didn't like, but I don't want to be overly gushy and obviously phony.

That being said, I LOVED Jen's collection! Most of the stories brought up new ideas I haven't read before, and as a person with 2 graduate degrees in short fiction writing,
Sep 12, 2007 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: small press fans
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Jen Michalski's short stories are at once subtly freaky, tender, and layered. Her lavish characters are Baltimoreans through-and-through; quirky, damaged, and gettin' by. She writes in acute prose, with each sentence in its place 'cause that's the place that they should be. The book itself -- as artifact -- is worth the purchase price alone as it seems lovingly hand-crafted (although, if you're persnickety, this means that some of the pages are hard to handle).
I love these stories. They are wild and inventive, everything I look for in stories. Each one has something unusual about it, yet each of the stories are very different. Some of them have some pretty strong emotional impact, though all of them are really well written. I picked this up on a whim and I'm quite impressed.
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Nov 18, 2008 Jen Michalski rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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