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The man is on a path. It is a funny thing. Life sort of gives him hints. Just before the phone rings, the man will look over. When he gets the urge to play the lottery, he wins...when suddenly he is hit by a car... And the path disappears. The man's family is a mystery, his work unfathomable. Simple daily tasks are beyond him. He must forge a new path without the direction life has offered before, not knowing where it will lead.
Such is the experience of reading Loory's remarkable collection of short stories. The quote, from "The Path," illustrates his unique gift of spinning everyday events and situations into gripping, disquieting modern fables.
In "The TV and Winston Churchill," a television refuses to air game shows or sports. Instead it broadcasts opera and history, only to find itself abandoned. In "The Knife Act," one friend stabs another, but when the wounded friend seeks retribution the knives disappear. In "The Man and the Moose," hunters unknowingly befriend a moose disguised as a man. Loory's wry distortions hold a fun-house mirror up to average lives. His stories are smart and original while reflecting universally relevant questions: Do I strive for the highest self, regardless of cost? How many invisible barbs have I slung at friends? Am I blinded by fear of those who are different? Loory provides few resolutions. As in life, on that blind path readers must provide the answers for themselves.