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From the author of the acclaimed novel Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, come twelve haunting stories about people caught somewhere between love and madness. Simplify mines the often surreal terrain of people on the margins of life: from the man with a photo of Elvis bleeding on his wall in "Comeback Special," to the profoundly troubled boy ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by OV Books (first published August 5th 2005)
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Short stories, some of which are pretty good, some of which read like they were written as writing exercises. Yet all are worth reading.
That Tod Goldberg is one sick f**k. I mean 'sick' in its old school and new school senses.
A book I will read every year to keep my commitment tof live a minimalist life.
Lori Rader-Day
Saw a panel at the AWP Denver conference and it was so refreshing and enjoyable---take note, AWP conference planners---that I decided to buy one of the guys' books. I chose Tod, because I had read one of his stories before and enjoyed it. The whole book is great and weird and unexpected. I got stuck in the airport on the way back from conference and was glad I had this book.
Bryan Alaspa
I found this book on a shelf of books at a place I joined call the Writers Workspace. The stories range from the terrifying to the bizarre and everything in between. I found Goldberg to be a solid and entertaining storyteller with a wild imagination and it sparked my own desire to write some short stories. Good ready.
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The first story in this collection is one of my favorite short stories of all time, I think.
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Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat & Burn Notice: The Fix, as well as the short story collection Simplify, winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize and a finalist for the SCBA Award in Fiction.
More about Tod Goldberg...
Burn Notice: The Fix (Burn Notice, #1) Burn Notice: The End Game (Burn Notice, #2) Burn Notice: The Giveaway (Burn Notice, #3) Fake Liar Cheat Burn Notice: The Reformed (Burn Notice, #4)

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