By Gerald Shapiro
(University of Missouri, Hardcover, 9780826208637, 184pp.)
Publication Date: April 1993
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With wonderfully idiosyncratic characters and deft use of detail, Gerald Shapiro takes us beyond the grimmness of the lives of his characters to reveal the hunger-and the hope-in us all.
Gerald Shapiro teaches English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. His stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Quarterly West, and other literary magazines.
"A promising first collection of nine stories abut men full of Weltschmerz and tangled up by affairs of the head; Shapiro's sardonic delivery is leavened by a black humor reminiscent of Bruce Jay Friedman."--Kirkus Reviews
"In a dozen short stories, Shapiro conveys the angst and appetites of many appealing and appalling characters. . . . There is plenty of humor and emotion in these well-crafted tales of modern life."--Booklist
"Shapiro's prose is often acerbic and witty, but his heart is compassionate as he allows his bemused men a flash of insight and the gift of a second chance."--Publishers Weekly