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by Marc Nesbitt
An extraordinary collection of dynamic stories by an exciting new voice in American fiction, Gigantic features ten powerful stories of emotional stagnation and personal transformation, passion and violence, race and community, that are viscerally immediate in their impact and otherworldly in their scope. In "What Good Is You Anyway?" a struggling mattress salesman ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2003 by Grove Press
(first published 2002)
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The characters are mostly strong and I felt the plots were all moving along at a good clip. His descriptions are truly amazing at times. But why 2 stars you ask? Well, for me, a short story collection has to make me want more from this world the author's created by the end and I never really cared to. The endings left me sort of...ehhh (good description...I know). I guess I can go with ambivalent and the main characters could have been the same person over and over again which is not necessarily ...more
A fantastic collection of short stories that hang around in your head long after you're finished. I caught Marc Nesbitt read both at Schwartz in Milwaukee and at the Wisconsin Book Festival a few years ago and his work received very warm responses. I keep waiting for another book from Nesbitt, he's a very talented guy with a strong point of view and wicked sense of humor.
This is a very strong, and absolutely underrated, debut collection of stories. Here's some sad shit, though: when I try to google Marc Nesbitt to see if he's written anything else since this, google instantly corrects me and guides me towards Mark Nesbitt, who writes some bullshit books about ghosts and the paranormal. That, pretty much, is what's wrong with the world.