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Thirty short short stories about twists in ephemeral truth, the way small amounts of time are dissected and put back together wrong, if at all.

“Each of the stories in Ryan Werner’s Shake Away These Constant Days ends with a sentence that’s a fist to the ribs. The collection builds into repeated shots to the soft part of your guts, a beautiful pummeling. By the end of Shake
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Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Jersey Devil Press
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Jon
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, this appears to be a slim little volume, a scant 88 pages. But once you get started, you quickly realize each of the 30 micro-short stories packs an incredible punch. They're dense tales of interpersonal conflict, life gone wrong, with heavy detail that shows that Werner has mastered the technique of showing as much as possible in the fewest words. Even though most stories are only two or three pages long, they impacted me as if I'd waded through a piece five times as long. It's ...more
Dena Guzman
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How have I failed to review this? I read this book on oxycontin, because it came as I was recovering from surgery. The WHOLE FACT THAT I READ IT ON OXYCONTIN should say something. Not much was holding my attention between the hallucinations and the nods. Once I got off that hillbilly heroin, I read it again.

Werner's short stories are lyrical at their core. I love the stories they tell, but I ADORE the way they are told. These are some strange little stories, some of which kind of don't actually
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Wendy
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Ordered another one by Werner because I love cats and cake.

Actually, I really just love books like this one.
Amy Temple harper
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the first wacky story, to the last apocalyptic story, I was hooked; huffing words as fast as I could, worried someone might come along and snatch it away.
Jeremy
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

Driving down the hidden roads of a world that they don't recognize but seems so familiar, the characters that populate the thirty stories of Ryan Werner's Shake Away These Constant Days, eventually find their way into the readers brain and become a mirror to our own hopes and fears. If you'll allow me to be lazy,maybe the better way to say it is; imagine partying all night with Raymond Carver and a Kiss cover band that plays Minutemen's Double Nickles On The Dime, whilst losing your breath over
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Matt
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I say some things about this nice, little (in terms of length and not as diminution of its big ideas / content) collection here: http://www.untowardmag.com/2013/03/i-...
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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RECEIVED FREE FROM GOODREADS FIRST READS. Thirty short short stories about twists in ephemeral truth, the way small amounts of time are dissected and put back together wrong, if at all.
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