By David Crouse
That includes seven tales and a novella, David Crouse’s robust debut assortment depicts humans staring down the advanced 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 might stump a few of the characters who inhabit those conscientiously rendered tales.In the edgy novella “Click” Jonathan’s ongoing photo-documentary of a prostitute exposes how little depth continues to be among him and his fianc?e, Margaret. whereas Jonathan is plagued with doubts approximately his motivations and talents as an artist, Margaret is tired by way of her tasks 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 was once disfigured via fireplace in a formative years coincidence. Justin bears wounds extra deeply hidden. the 2 forge an odd bond in response to their anger and pain.Crouse’s tales frequently contain humans trapped at the margins of society, faced via diminishing percentages and diverse different types of psychological affliction. The junior govt in “Code” concerns approximately his job--and his sanity--amid a surprising 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 at the hours of darkness” a family members provides up on itself. Shredded slowly through the years because the unintended drowning of the eldest son, the remainder relatives search their very own separate peace, even if imperfect.The women and men in replica Cats are unwilling and infrequently not able to tell apart fact from fable. Cursed with what one in every of them calls “a pollutants of ideas,” those are humans at struggle with their very own imaginations.
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I don’t think you understand,” her dad said. “I didn’t make it into theater. You made it into theater. Cheryl made it into theater. You’re the ones who put me on stage. indd 41 M O R T E IN FINITA Kristen knew she had left his mind, his imagination. She was invisible, but there was no power in that. “She was worried,” Mr. ” Her dad dropped the magazine to the table and looked at Mr. Eisenstein in the same way he had been looking at the girl on the cover. “She’s worried about herself. ” “About you too.
Her dad was talking about death and divorce and the depressing sound canned tomato soup makes as you plop it into the pan. “It’s the little things that will bring you down,” he said. “Happiness requires a certain— 6/20/05 5:03:35 PM 28 M O R T E IN FINITA I don’t know—indistinctness of vision. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. That’s not what I’m saying. Remember what Kierkegaard said. ‘The torment of despair is not to be able to die. ’ ” That was the way he spoke to her, as if she were forty years old and four years old, making references to philosophers with names like curses and explaining that ice cream was really bad for her.
She wanted to relive it through his senses. He could show it to her in new ways, open it for her like a book. ” “Writing out a check to the credit card company. ” With a ﬂourish of his pen he was ﬁnished. ” She did not know what he meant until he stood up, and she realized he was dressed in the black cloak. “Trickor-treat,” he said. Then they walked downstairs together. Ghouls and freaks and superheroes smiled at them as they emerged from the house and made their way through the neighborhood. Two Batmans walked side by side toward them.
Copy Cats: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) by David Crouse