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Quirky, bittersweet, and darkly funny, Robert Glick laces the psychological realism of family drama with lyric, associative language and intricate plot structures. A young boy goes on a quest to buy an elephant pendant that he believes will save his parents' marriage. An anarchist, channeling his rage from his father’s premature death, starts an underground needle exchange ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by C&R Press
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Robert Glick’s Two Californias consists of seven short stories preoccupied with death, decay, disease, fragmentation, dissolution, and failure—concepts linked, perhaps, by the fact that each can be seen as a form of failure. On page one a babysitter makes this Hamletesque observation: “Something’s accelerating, becoming smelly, a cheap slab of meat gone bad.” In “Release,” a professor of “zombie studies” is off to see his dying grandmother a final time and on the way contemplates ad nauseam the ...more
Such a compelling writer! His stories are never comfortable to read, but I never want to put them down. Readers who, like me, spent formative years in the Bay Area (especially Berkeley and Oakland) in the late 80s and early 90s will find all sorts of memories reawakened.
"He felt like a stingerless bee orbiting some boxer's head." This book's lively rush of memorable characters and fractured approach to form was the perfect accompaniment/antidote to a ghost town of an AWP and the first days of social distancing. ...more
California is the land of immortality, where the beautiful and the powerful live forever in some form or another. But then there's the other California, the one made of everyday folks who only live forever through a kind of zombification (and thus the interest in fiction treatments of zombies), through a repetition of the same sorts of lives lived again and again. Glick brings these characters and situations alive with elliptical, lyrical prose, showing us the California we likely never think ab ...more