To Assume a Pleasing Shape (American Readers)
A body-pierced goth girl cage-dances for a living while putting herself through school. A New York City academic reevaluates her closest relationships while considering breast-reduction surgery. A chatty Gulf War veteran is plagued by a sexual identity crisis. The characters in this debut short story collection search for meaning through the crucible of sex. Joseph Salvatore's top-notch literary writing coaxes readers into murky territories as characters spiral deeper into existential rabbit holes.
Joseph Salvatore reviews fiction for The New York Times Book Review. He teaches at The New School where he founded their literary journal LIT. He lives in New York.
Praise For To Assume a Pleasing Shape (American Readers)…
In his debut story collection, Joseph Salvatore presents characters damaged and yet dignified, yearning for something that they seem unable to identify, much less to ask for... Salvatore’s stylized writing coaxes readers into murky territories as his characters spiral deeper into existential rabbit holes.”Calandra Italian American Institute
BOA Editions, 9781934414552, 125pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2011