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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 name tale. at the floor it’s an easy query, yet person 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 skills as an artist, Margaret is tired by way of her tasks not only to her needy husband-to-be yet to all of the males in her existence. In “The Ugliest Boy,” Justin develops a wierd friendship with Steven, his girlfriend’s brother. Steven was once disfigured by means of hearth in a adolescence coincidence. Justin bears wounds extra deeply hidden. the 2 forge a wierd bond in keeping with their anger and pain.Crouse’s tales frequently contain humans trapped at the margins of society, faced via diminishing probabilities and diverse different types of psychological sickness. The junior govt 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 costume as vampires and embark on an odd Halloween trip via their suburban local within the darkly funny “Morte Infinita.” In “Swimming at midnight” a kin supplies up on itself. Shredded slowly through the years because the unintentional drowning of the eldest son, the rest kinfolk search their very own separate peace, besides the fact that imperfect.The women and men in reproduction Cats are unwilling and infrequently not able to tell apart fact from delusion. Cursed with what one in all them calls “a pollutants of ideas,” those are humans at warfare with their very own imaginations.

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She said, “Did your dad mention anything about Stephanos? ” he asked, and she told him never mind, and then she made her hands into fists and played drums on her knees, and they were quiet except for the music she made on her body. “I’m just trying to help,” he said finally. ” She sounded like his mother or teacher or some stupid thing. The idea of her needing Eisenstein’s help made her feel small, like he could lift 6/20/05 5:03:36 PM 32 M O R T E IN FINITA her up in his hands. Her father was not a big man, but he was bigger on the inside than the outside, as if he followed some extradimensional logic.

She wondered if someone famous had been killed. “Come on,” Mr. Eisenstein said. ” Kristen’s father was looking at a magazine on the coffee table. The cover of the magazine showed a smiling young woman dressed in a bright sweatshirt and little yellow shorts. She was touching her toes and smiling. From the expression on his face, Kristen’s dad looked as if he had suddenly recog- 6/20/05 5:03:37 PM 40 M O R T E IN FINITA nized this woman and was now remembering something awful she had done to him once.

They drove by buildings the opposite of the kind her father designed, squat and old and tired. Then her father glanced over at her and grinned like someone was going to snap his picture. “You know, I can take the rest of the week off. ” And then, “No. No. Of course you don’t. 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.

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