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The characters in this collection of stories by Bryan Walpert have each had their lives disrupted by personal tragedy. Left to face up to both their responsibility and lack of control over the events, characters weave their own stories and enter into their own worlds as they psychologically resist grief but are driven to explain. Bryan Walpert's intriguing, well-crafted ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by Pewter Rose Press
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This book is written by a very talented author. Bryan Walpert has a unique way of setting up a story, with most of the stories in this book very little "extra" information was given to the reader making them thirsty for more and more information about who the character is and why. Quite often the conclusion was not so much explained than assumed which was a really nice way to deal with quite delicate subject matter. The only problem I had with this book was that you wouldn't want to read it all ...more
Very curious stories. Definitely entertaining. I like how Walpert gets inside his characters' heads and not only shows what they are thinking, but by subtle hints what they are hiding from themselves. I really like his technique of having a character describe a hypothetical situation that you absolutely know is the closest thing yet as to what is really happening, just distanced from themselves emotionally by being described as hypothetical. Walpert handles emotion well.
Extraordinary book. Bryan Walpert describes how people circle round major issues in their lives, often focusing their attention on other issues. His stories follow individuals coming to terms with events that happened, but the reader often has to look through what the character says to find out what really happened. Read it - the characters and their stories will remain with you!
Walpert does prose! And quite well. These stories circle around human response to trauma and the language and style effectively evoke the tangled, sordid emotions the characters experience as well as the rationalizations they make to get through the day.