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I encountered some essays by Blair Oliver in Yellowstone Journal and was hooked by the freshness of the voice and the honesty behind them not everything ended happy or beautiful. Since then, I kept hoping to find a collection of those pieces. Instead, I found this, a collection of short stories that just might be the most promising debut collection in years (and with Nathan Englander, Junot Diaz, and Nell Freudenburger out there, these have been very good years for the short story.) The stories blur the line between the comic and the melancholic, often mining humor out of unexpected places. The characters tend to be men who have fallen in love without ever liking their love objects. They are drawn to extreme behavior and respond inappropriately to the stuff of life. In other words, very real people with open flaws. Oliver draws them with unerring sympathy. It is this sympathy that gives this collection real heart.