"Two days before he was scheduled for jury duty and/or to commit suicide, Jimmy Lagowski received a postcard in the mail..." and so begins the title story in this masterful collection of interwoven narratives. Here: a badly-burned, depressed, and possibly alien 20-year-old is the lone vote of dissension in a controversial murder trial; a promising college sophomore ponders the implications of taking the morning-after pill; a retired maintenance man confronts his violent past in the checkout line of a discount supermarket; and a brilliant geologist struggles to recount the accidental death of an innocent child. Separately, these stories tell the tales of broken lives in 2012 Midwest America. Together, they tell a fearless and cohesive story of human tragedy, revenge, and forgiveness.
|Publisher:||Independent Talent Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)|
About the Author
Nominated for a XXXVI Pushcart Prize, as well as two "Best of the Net" collections, Pat Pujolas has been featured in Outsider Writers, Connotation Press, Heartlands Today, and Writer's Digest (as a winner of the 1994 Short Story Competition). He's also credited with two episodes of MTV's animated series "3-South." This is his first work of published fiction. Originally from Cleveland, Pujolas has also lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Hood River, Los Angeles, and coastal Maine; currently he resides in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and kids.
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Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book wasn't exactly what I had been expecting, but I think I liked it better than what I had been expecting. My first impression was that the stories evoked some wonderfully tender emotions, but the situation became much more complicated as each of the stories started sending out beams that reflected on all the other stories. They're linked more than most linked short story collection are. More than just individual stories, they are interdependent portions of a larger, beautiful story. I liked it very much.
*Received for review through We love YA-ARR Goodreads discussion group **Review also posted at Amazon and Goodreads Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World was a collection of short stories that evoked feelings of sadness, empathy, and hope for humanity. The stories eventually revealed how the characters related with each other further into the book which made the read worthwhile. I enjoyed the stories involving the title character, Jimmy Lagowski, the most, including one where his thoughts were revealed answering a question about the value of life. At times, I found the stories moving in their plain honesty and Pujolas writes with a masterful hand in describing some heart-wrenching situations. Overall, a great read from a fresh voice.