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After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden's characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the ...more
Paperback, Break Away Book Club Edition, 188 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Break Away Book Club Edition (first published May 19th 2016)
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D.A.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoy short stories
Dave Madden's stories feel refreshingly inhabited, genuine and warm. The collection contains not one but three title stories, in which we encounter Buddy, the queer kid in the family, whose slightly self-deprecating sense of humor is also remarkably dead-pan and endearing. Each of these stories feels like a town permeated with history and populated with memorable characters. A great first collection, lively, funny and in the truest sense charming.
Ethan Chatagnier
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I reserve 5-star ratings for my favorites of all time, but this is an excellent short story collection with elements reminiscent of Charles Baxter and Charles D'ambrosio at times. Some of are in an intimate, gently meandering, memoiristsic style. The highlights of these are the three vignettes of the title story and "Smear the Queer," all good investigations of psyches that have difficulty connecting with the people they should be close to. Of the less internal stories, "Little Fingers" about a ...more
willowdog
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Surprisingly poor, short stories with little gay content. The short stories were mostly ruined by narrative that didn’t go anywhere.
Eric Mueller
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-gold
I can be a bit abrasive to short stories because of how "expsotional" they are in nature. Narrator after narrator and characters galore make an introvert like me feel like I was just at several parties and met too many people whose names I can't remember. Madden's story collection didn't have that exhaustion, and it was refreshing.

The stories in If You Need Me I'll Be Over there follow characters and narrators that are so sure of who they are, that they don't "introduce" themselves to the reade
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Christopher Soriano
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although short stories are viewed as an easier art form than novels or poetry, they are ironically seen as less commercial. Personally, the short story is a higher art form due to its difficult execution. While you can have as many pages in the novel to tell your story however you want, the short story forces the writer to consider the most essential elements that must be placed within the shortest amount of time/pages. And even more difficult than that is knowing which stories best make up a co ...more
Devin Murphy
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful and honest stories.
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The stories were all okay, but there was absolutely nothing to unite them into a single coherent whole. Several were set in Pittsburgh...but not all of them. Lots featured gay characters!...but not all of them. Some male protagonists, some female. Some religious, some not. Just nothing to tie these stories into any semblance of a "collection".
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