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Bang Crunch by Neil Smith
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Mar 15, 08

Read in January, 2008

Terrific set of short stories with a precise turn of phrase that creates an arresting image in your mind about a character, a situation. Many times when I finished a story, I had to stop reading and catch my breath. Yes, there's some melancholy overtones to many of the stories, but ultimately they are positive and filled with hope. There's not a weak story in the bunch from the mother who's uncertain that "like" is enough to the basketball player struggling to figure out what his relationship with another boy means to the b9ers coming to terms with the betrayal of their own bodies to the doctor in AA who talks to her dead husband's ashes that she keeps in the curling stone to the actor who just hasn't lived up to his promise. The odd humor of the title story also works. Neil Smith is a writer who knows how to use the short story form.
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