Self Defense

Self Defense

by Corey Mertes
Self Defense

Self Defense

by Corey Mertes


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A morally dubious chef reacts unconventionally when he comes to believe that his prized dog has killed the pet rabbit of the middle-school girl next door; an angry, second-rate actor seeks a life-affirming path in a place that offers only oddities and dreams; two gamblers descend into chaos and despair; and a love affair between an aging Texas wildcatter and a mercurial art teacher at his son's school goes tragically awry. Crackling with raw truths and lyrical prose, the twelve stories in Corey Mertes's Self-Defense follow their down-on-their luck protagonists through life's narrow passes to its isolated valleys below.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798986966342
Publisher: Cornerstone Press
Publication date: 02/01/2023
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Corey Mertes grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. His short stories have appeared in many journals and have been shortlisted for the Tartts Fiction Award, the American Fiction Short Story Award, and the Hudson Prize. This is his first collection.
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