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November 19 , 2010

A Prisoner of the Balloon Industry


A ghost story told in first person (“Apparition”), a baby shower with adult themes (“God of This World”), a horrific tale of jealousy and violence based on real events (“Gun”), youthful romance and the loss of innocence (“Cassie”) and a bawdy revisiting of Frank Capra’s Bedford Falls and George Bailey ten years later (“Life’s a Wonderful It”) are just a few of the stories suggesting the range of themes and genres explored in this slim volume. “Lazy Man’s Load” evokes the joys and trauma of father-son relationships, family and failure. “Tzytzyan Ysalane,” excerpted from the author’s novel Crash Dummies, won first prize for prose fiction at Chicago’s Printers Row Book Fair in 2004. The fractal motif of “Mandelbrot 7” (Beautiful Lies) puts the excitement, excesses and fallout of that justly famous and formative decade under the microscope (“Tales of the Sixties”). The title story with which the book ends is an interior monologue in the form of a letter, a reverie on time, love and artistic devotion.

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