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By Charles Haverty

ISBN-10: 1609383850

ISBN-13: 9781609383855

By turns haunting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Charles Haverty’s debut assortment charts the trips of guys, girls, and youngsters solid out of ordinary territory into emotional terra incognita the place humans and issues are hardly ever what they appear. those twelve tales are populated with ex-nuns and Freedom Riders, Chaucer students and strippers, out-of-work comedy writers and presidents, navigating their approach via bedrooms and emergency rooms, yard burial events and aircraft crash websites, the Piazza San Marco and the post-apocalyptic suburbs of Boston.

A sixteen-year-old boy reveals grisly facts of his genteel grandfather’s racist prior. At his sister’s booze-soaked vacation spot marriage ceremony, a recuperating alcoholic English professor is finagled into ghostwriting their unreliable father’s nuptial toast. A small city lawyer’s Edenic life is jeopardized whilst his wife’s more youthful brother is arrested for a rash of neighborhood burglaries. within the wake of her daughter’s brush with catastrophe within the Haiti earthquake, a mom reveals herself drawn down a gloomy local sidewalk towards what may well or is probably not a lifeless physique. And within the identify story—the first of 3 associated stories—a pious altar boy confronts the dual mysteries of intercourse and demise throughout the auspices of a classmate’s divorced mother.

There are secrets and techniques on the middle of every of those bold and unique stories—secrets that separate those characters from each other yet develop within the brain and the center, connecting them with all of us.

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