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The dog is missing. The tap water has suddenly and inexplicably developed a salty taste. The baby has managed its way around the obstacle. The girls wish to leave the playpen. The pirates will soon come ashore. Trouble takes many forms in Rob Walsh's debut collection of stories, from the seemingly banal to the absurd and fantastic, complicating the lives of his characters ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Caketrain Journal and Press
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Ipsit
Jul 16, 2014 added it
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It’s pretty rare that a collection of short stories does anything for me beyond making me feel like I’m watching someone exercise. Rob Walsh, though, comes out of nowhere with Troublers, taking one insane premise after another and exploring them with sentences that catch you off guard at every turn. There’s a story where a guy builds a playpen for his baby daughters and leaves them in the playpen for 40 years, until he dies. There’s a woman who spends years digging a hole in her backyard for no ...more
Zach
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always love writing that travels the border between narrative and thought experiment. I want to be able to enjoy a story and be challenged intellectually at the same time. Rob Walsh writes just like that.

The stories in Troublers occur in a slightly strange world that works on just-off logic. Oftentimes, the stories function like musical variations, but instead of melody, the very thinking of the characters goes through a series of permutations, shifting the logical foundations of the fictional
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Matt
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Just my sort of book, really. I've said a lot of the anachronistic quality of this book, that it feels it sits outside of the time in which it was written and belongs with the likes of writers like Daniil Kharms and Andrei Platonov and Robert Walser (and definitely Franz Kafka, as well). So much strange and vivid imagery, tangled worlds with odd afflictions, such as an extremely fresh water supply becoming tainted with salt in "Brackish." "The Seven Seas" was particularly good, and by itself, wo ...more
Tracy
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Troublers is a collection of unsettling stories that ask the reader to suspend disbelief and follow swift transitions. I imagined it to be like Twin Peaks - I was similarly confused/engaged.

"The sea is true glamour. It swells and deflates and throws its curves into our ship, bouncing us gently, as if to remind us who's really the boss. It glistens with sunlight but keeps its own temperature, its own chilly climate, if for no other reason than to prove to the sun that it is better. It is not a ba
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Gerry LaFemina
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
There's a lot to like about this book--many of the stories have an imaginative sparkle that's hard to argue with; but the tone of the book, and its reliance on somewhat off-center/surreal leaps, gets monotonous.
Shay
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this but I have no idea how to describe it? Emotionally and mentally- grounded, realistic, biting. Situationally- absurd and unpredictable. \_(ツ)_/ ...more
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