University of Missouri, Hardcover, 9780826208637, 184pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1993
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.
"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