The Identity Club

The Identity Club

New and Selected Stories [With Music CD]

By Richard Burgin

Ontario Review Press, Hardcover, 9780865381155, 330pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2005

In 20 stories (both new and selected from his four previous collections), Richard Burgin explores our quest for identity and love, truth and family, as well as darker themes of betrayal and crime. In "The Identity Club" we meet an extraordinarily variegated cast of characters, including prostitutes and businessmen, a famous young writer and a homeless basketball player, an ambitious but thwarted composer. There are love stories, murder stories, as well as stories of transcendence, both imagined and real. The 20 songs on the accompanying CD, while not directly related to the stories, express many of the same moods and emotions found in "The Identity Club," from the darkly lyrical to the exultant.

About the Author
Richard Burgin's books include the story collections "Feat of Blue Skies", "Private Fame", and "Man without Memory". In his first book on Borges, "Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges", he was the sole interviewer. Burgin is the editor of "Boulevard" magazine and an associate professor of communication and English at Saint Louis University.