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Eugene Stein is one of the freshest voices in the literary world today. His new collection of short stories takes readers on a journey of the senses. The 13 stories capture the imagination and bring us to familiar worlds — sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always original.
From the bizarre utopia of "Mom's Diner" (one of the few places where criminals can get a cup of coffee with a smile) to the "Close Calls" of a television executive's drug-ridden pitch session, Stein takes the reader on quite a ride. In "Death in Belize," we are taken to a mysterious world where death and love are juxtaposed, bringing mistrust and potential disaster.
"Mixed Signals," a coming-of-age tale set in New York, displays the true hardships of family life. The "Art of Falling" shows us a side of the IRS that we don't normally see or think about. And "Hard Bargains" tackles the issues of race as we are introduced to Laura Lerner, a young reporter whose boss continually sends her to get the reaction of black families who have lost their children. Stein touches readers in ways not usually seen, as he explores the dark realms of the heart and mind and shines a unique light on life, love, and desire.