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Steven Rinehart:
Kick in the Head
Steven Rinehart
  Kick in the Head  
Steven Rinehart    

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  Steven Rinehart's debut collection of stories is a raw look at men on the fringes, who despite a general inability to connect with their fellow humans on any real emotional level are, in their own way, intensely feeling and honest people. Kick in the Head is full of characters drawn in sharp relief who are enmeshed in inner-struggles, which naturally leads to conflicts in their lives that make for insightful and entertaining stories. These are men and women who comfortably wallow in their failure and ill-fortune, but can always summon the strength to lash out and abuse one another. From a Boy Scout troop that is more Lord of the Flies than family-values icon to the blurred emotional and romantic lines between teachers and students in "Make Me", Rinehart dazzles with his inventiveness and humor.

Bizarre, and just a little bit creepy, the stories in Kick in the Head mark the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer. In this issue of Bold Type you'll find a story from Kick in the Head, and an exclusive audio reading.


--Larry Weissman
 
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