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Gregory CowlesMontemarano's remarkable stories are united by their dyspeptic outlook and not much else: this collection, his first, includes straightforward narratives and metafictional experiments, a surreal fantasy about grief, an acerbic parable of torture and the commercialization of 9/11, and one audacious 11-page sentence that hilariously (but grimly) details the tyranny of an obsessive-compulsive mother who demands that her children clean house just so. If there's a theme, it might be that damaged people have no business taking care of others, or even interacting with them. On the other hand, it might be that everybody is damaged beyond repair.
— The New York Times