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In Sure Things & Last Chances, Lou Gaglia’s characters tip love rivals into lakes, try private eye work, and go to war with ants. They are dangled over decks and kicked by horses. They revisit their younger selves and contemplate love and death and beauty. In between, a straw man joins the fire department, a petulant editor rejects classics, and a man gets lost in the ...more
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Published September 7th 2016 by Spring to Mountain Press
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Steve Blizin
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lou Gaglia’s Sure Things & Last Chances is an amazing collection of short stories that reads a little like a visit to a New York tenement building. Pass the faded paint on every floor, behind each door, is a new set of characters and personalities, each with a unique set of lovable quirks. From laugh out loud funny to deeply introspective, this collection of stories will let you visit with these tenants and just as you begin to grin in familiar recognition, Lou surprises you with a revelatio ...more
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I looked forward to reading this book, but now that I have, I'm sorry I wasted my time on it. I have the feeling that many of these stories were written in response to college assignments. They're very sophomoric, stories about people who are not particularly likeable. Honestly, I don't know any people like the odd collection portrayed in this book. Worse, all the stories sound the same: children, adults, good guys, bad guys, you can't really differentiate between them. They're all shallow, purp ...more
Frank
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short stories. Entertaining and thought-provoking, from beginning to end. Really liked the woman who married a strawman, and the arrogant boastful tall man who got himself lost in the woods. And the serious stories were well done and a nice mix.
Mitchell Waldman
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Engaging stories of New York City and beyond by a writer with imagination, humor, and heart.
Betty Li
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Funny, engaging, and moving, from first story to last.
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Lou Gaglia is the author of Poor Advice and Other Stories (Spring to Mountain Press, 2015), which recently won The New Apple Literary Award for short story fiction. He has published over eighty short stories, including recent titles in Halfway Down the Stairs, Thrice Fiction, Two Hawks Quarterly, Drunk Monkeys, and Serving House Journal. He is a long-time teacher and T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner—f ...more
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