Hiding Out

Hiding Out

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by Jonathan Messinger, Rob Funderburk
     
 

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Hiding Out is a collection of hilarious, sparkling stories about people avoiding the consequences of their poor decisions. A jilted lover dresses as a robot to win back the heart of an ex-girlfriend. A man builds a time machine to embrace the identity he always denied. Playful and empathic, these misadventures feature lonely hearts failing terribly to make a

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Hiding Out is a collection of hilarious, sparkling stories about people avoiding the consequences of their poor decisions. A jilted lover dresses as a robot to win back the heart of an ex-girlfriend. A man builds a time machine to embrace the identity he always denied. Playful and empathic, these misadventures feature lonely hearts failing terribly to make a connection.

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Publishers Weekly

Time Out Chicagobooks editor Messinger has a few gems sandwiched between predictably sardonic musings on failed relationships and poor life decisions in his debut collection. The opening piece, "Captain Tomorrow," expertly captures a mixture of teenage summer malaise and a hint of innocence lost, but it's not until several stories later, with the man-eating wolf farce "Not Even the Zookeeper Can Keep Control," that the reader encounters something other than recycled humor. Ironic kookiness seems to be the order of the day: a child with a large head gets stuck in a fence; there's a machine shaped like a large ear of corn and known as "The Hummingbird"; and there are several "hidden" stories wedged into the text. Scattered throughout are hints of Messinger's talent, and these are found in stories that explore burgeoning teen sexuality-notably "One Valve Opens" and "The Birds Below." The familiar-feeling patina of self-consciousness will turn off as many readers as it hooks. (Oct.)

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ISBN-13:
9780977199235
Publisher:
Featherproof Books
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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