If we are in the golden age of the short story, Bob Shacochis is one of the writers who got us here.” Providence Journal
The haunting stories in The Next New World have a directness, an immediacy, a funny, sexy quality that belongs to today, yet they are infused with an aura of history. The characters are outrageous originals who through Shacochis’s telling, become eerily familiar: two elderly sisters share a phantom lover; a Virginia patriarch, haunted by ghosts of Confederate soldiers, is buried with their bones; a family celebrates the Fourth of July in the shadow of the father’s Alzheimer’s syndrome; a musician’s thunderous love turns him into a cannibal.
Charged with wit and style . . . Intelligent, engaging, and richly realized.” New York Times Book Review
Shacochis is a master of voices. . . . In The Next New World he roams about through history and across the globe, tethering his wit to a sense of political conscience. . . . Sometimes more is more.” Miami Herlad
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