By David Crouse
That includes seven tales and a novella, David Crouse’s robust debut assortment depicts humans staring down the complex mysteries in their personal identities. “Who are you?” a homeless guy asks his would-be benefactor within the identify tale. at the floor it’s an easy query, yet one who could stump the various characters who inhabit those conscientiously rendered tales.In the edgy novella “Click” Jonathan’s ongoing photo-documentary of a prostitute exposes how little depth is still among him and his fianc?e, Margaret. whereas Jonathan is plagued with doubts approximately his motivations and talents as an artist, Margaret is tired through her responsibilities not only to her needy husband-to-be yet to the entire males in her existence. In “The Ugliest Boy,” Justin develops a strange friendship with Steven, his girlfriend’s brother. Steven used to be disfigured through fireplace in a youth twist of fate. Justin bears wounds extra deeply hidden. the 2 forge an odd bond in accordance with their anger and pain.Crouse’s tales frequently contain humans trapped at the margins of society, faced by way of diminishing chances and diverse varieties of psychological affliction. The junior government in “Code” concerns approximately his job--and his sanity--amid a unexpected and wide-sweeping company layoff. A manic-depressive father and his teenage daughter gown as vampires and embark on a wierd Halloween trip via their suburban local within the darkly funny “Morte Infinita.” In “Swimming in the dead of night” a kin provides up on itself. Shredded slowly through the years because the unintended drowning of the eldest son, the rest relatives search their very own separate peace, even though imperfect.The women and men in replica Cats are unwilling and infrequently not able to tell apart truth from myth. Cursed with what certainly one of them calls “a pollutants of ideas,” those are humans at warfare with their very own imaginations.
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It’s the land of makebelieve. I went there once, with your mother when we ﬁrst married, to visit your aunt. It’s full of crocodiles and the elderly. Did you know that crocodiles were around in the Jurassic age? ” Kristen looked out the window at the restaurants sliding by and said, “I’m so hungry I could eat a dinosaur. I could eat a rock. ” She laughed and put both sneakers on the dash. If her mother had been here no way would she have been able to get away with that. Her father pulled into the parking lot of the Great American Pancake House, and she smiled because she loved this place most of all.
He’s got this dark tan,” her father had told her on Saturday as they sat outside the theater. ” Kristen had never met Stephanos, but she could imagine him through her father’s eyes as a man blessed with looks and decisiveness and not enough goodness or evil to get him into much trouble. “I bet he does sit-ups in the morning,” her father had told her. “He seems like that kind of person. ” This alone was reason enough to dislike him and his stupid ponytail and rubber ﬂip-ﬂops and the numberless cigarettes he smoked on the bow of the boat and then dropped into the sea.
The cars were in the lot behind her house right now. The men had just started the second shift in the metal shop across the street. He had photographs of some of them. indd 47 CLIC K afterward, holding McDonald’s bags and drinking strawberry milk shakes. She was laughing now. She said, “I don’t believe it. ” He thought, there’s something almost clandestine about leaving ﬁlm here, something intimate. He sat down again and looked at the photographs and suddenly they seemed not very good at all. He had several hundred of them spread out on the table in the basement at home, hung by clothespins along a wire, organized in ﬁles, and stuffed into the drawers of an old bureau.
Copy Cats: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) by David Crouse