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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
A never-ending circle, a collection of infinite points, provides the ideal metaphor for Greenman (an editor at The New Yorker), who recognizes the fragility of love and its power to center us within its own perfect universe. In his 14 stories, the problem of communicating the delicate, often elusory elements of affection is a consistent theme.
"Black, Gray, Green, Red, Blue" is written in letters from a painter to the muse he once summoned the courage to love, despite the distance between them. In "Signs," a spoiled young woman berates and belittles the men in her life in order to make even the most basic human connection. In "The Duck Knows How to Make the Most of Things," a divorced, aging music teacher uses children's music to communicate his adult feelings and drifts away from both his friendly ex-wife and his acerbic new lover. "My Decorous Pornography" details a man's attempt to overcome his romantic failures through an unusual correspondence with a woman. And "Clutching and Glancing" details the affair between a seasonal bartender and a married doctor, a relationship that progresses from an initial indifference to a cruel destruction.
Greenman's spare language simultaneously showcases a devastating wit and a deep understanding of the transcendence and disorientation that hold the power to unhinge us, but when in balance, create the sublime experience we call being "in love." (Summer 2007 Selection)