We Find Ourselves in Moontown
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We Find Ourselves in Moontown

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  6 reviews
As mapped out in these eerie, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking stories, Moontown is the spiritual home to people whose take on things is slightly skewed: a drifter with a fondness for chili dogs and belly dancer's pants, a one-armed Little League umpire, and a fabulating convict who decides, "I might as well get on to whatever havoc I have left in me to wreak."
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 17th 1990 by Vintage (first published 1989)
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I may not be in the ideal state for reviewing Jay Gummerman's stories. I just spent six hours reading them--each and every one--in the overheated lobby of an auto-body shop, watching seven different varieties of judge show (Judge Amy, Judge Mathis, Judge Who Cares) in the white space between breaks, swilling lukewarm coffee with powdered creamer, and watching the people zoo of hopeless car owners parade slowly in and out of the buzzing front door. But then again, maybe this makes me the PERFECT...more
I feel like a prick for thinking this, but these stories came off as big fish from some little writing workshop pond. Out in the real world they're pretty underwhelming.

The stories all start out nicely enough, Gummerman can draw you in, they all just peter-out into character studies and aimless noodling, like some literary equivalent of an extended twenty-minute drum solo at a jam band concert. That can be OK for one song, maybe, but if that's all there is on the slate I'm going to take my atten...more
This was fantastic. I really enjoyed Gummerman's novella, Chez Chance, but liked this even more. The stories are super confident, but also quiet and nuanced. The collection is quite varied, with a subtle tonal consistency throughout. The funny parts were funny, the moving parts were moving. These stories are verrrry slightly off-beat, but without that annoying contemporary quirkiness that haunts a lot of today's young white male American writers. Yep. Fantastic. Hoping Gummerman writes more. I r...more
This is maybe hard to find, but worth finding for the title story, and esp. for the first story--funny and sad in equal measures. And, again, masterful dialogue.
Dylan Alford
Decent short stories...some really funny ones and some mediocre but weird and interesting ones. Three stars.
Pretty good. The stories do stick with you, but it's not a keeper. Not for me anwyay.
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Born in Whittier, California, he is a San Clemente resident.

"A quietly stubborn innovator who's got Kafka and Pynchon under his belt and in his bones, Gummerman isn't particularly concerned with the audience's pleasure but rather writes fiction about as visionary as you're going to get when you tend to set your work in the smog-clogged motel corridors around Disneyland."

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