A Stranger in This World: Storiesby Kevin Canty
In the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, the stories in this collection explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is.
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I've never been a fan of short stories for the sole reason that many authors tend to leave the reader frustratedly hanging in the wind at the close of a story. Kevin Canty's near lyrical prose draws you in and evokes raw emotion from his carefully constructed characters. The pages practically turn themselves, there's no disputing his talent. Add this to your list of must reads, you won't be sorry.