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Dagoberto Gilb is a powerful and important new talent in American fiction. Fresh, funny, relentless, and beautifully crafted, his writing possesses that rare Chekhovian ability to perfectly capture the nuances of ordinary life and make it resonate with unexpected meaning.
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I have two brothers and a Dad who do construction work. Me too sometimes, but I more the reader in my family. I think Gilb's Franklin Delano Roosevelt story is one of his good ones, to disagree with the reader who wrote the above. It's about what it is to really be at a job, the politics there, and if you don't know about that, you can read this story. I love Gilb's work, and this book is one of my all time favorite's. Makes me want to be a writer. Even my own wife who thought it was a man's book said she loved it. Al in Phoenix isreally a great story, but check out Churchgoers, Down in the West Texas Town, Getting a Job in Dell City. This is one of the best books about men who work and from the southwest.
This collection shows Dagoberto's trip from a clumsy storyteller to an accomplished artist. Stories like Franklin Delano Rosevelt Was a Democrat are hardly worth reading. They trip on the words and are hard to read. Yet, others like Al, in Phoenix reach the quality of clasics of the likes of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Few stories have a plot if someone expects one, and few have a traditional ending. Yet, they are slices of life cut deep into human condition with the scalpel of Gilb's pen.