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The characters in Kevin Canty’s new collection are people we all know. People who are perhaps ourselves, searching, often in the wrong places, for something meaningful, or real, or at least, for a moment, right. Here are couples like Vincent and Laurie, who after beginning an ill-timed relationship, escape for a weekend at the beach, where they confront their inevitable separation. There is also Olive, a recovering drug addict, sent on a mission to help her nephew, who finds herself in an illicit relationship with both him and his problems. And a young boy nicknamed Flipper, sequestered for a summer at a “fat” camp, who finds unexpected comfort in the company and forbidden gifts of a pregnant teenager.
“A very beautiful book.” –The New York Times Book Review
“The language is beautiful, the attraction fatal. . . . [Canty] is a poet among storytellers.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Kevin Canty’s stories are short, spare and both beautiful and painful to read.” –The Washington Post
“The ease with which he renders such a vast terrain of lives–from city to wilderness, children to adults, professionals to proles is Canty’s crowning achievement.” –Time Out New York