Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class

Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class

by John Abbott
Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class

Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class

by John Abbott


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A collection of short stories from author John Abbott.


"Easy to forget all around us are worlds in motion with lives larger or smaller than our own involved in most of the similar intricacies it takes to survive, to live, to struggle, to love, suffer, procreate, laugh or just stand still. What's not so easy is the ability to take all these individual identities and have them stand out in their worlds of activity where normally they might not. John Abbott's ability to allow his characters and their situations to stand out on the page is something one gets in the exchange that takes place between he and his reader. Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class masterfully accomplishes the deepest part of this relationship and offers the reader something unique, something apart from the expected, and from the commonplace in the name of a reality running parallel to our own and right before our eyes." - Paul B. Roth, editor & publisher The Bitter

"John Abbott's stories remind me of those writers like Chekhov and de Maupassant. They have the same control of language, the same wry affection for their characters, the same understanding of, as Faulkner put, "the human heart in conflict with itself." Every moment of emotion in these stories is earned, and the stories' mastery literally jumps off the page when I read them. The work here is serious without being self-serious, funny without being easy, and always engaging." - Steven Carter, author of I Was Howard Hughes and Famous Writers School

"This is a dazzling story collection about ordinary people in extraordinary moments, and Abbott give us these moments, beautifully, in lucid prose." - J.D. Dolan, author of Phoenix: A Brother's Life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692406540
Publisher: Underground Voices
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

John Abbott is a writer, musician, and English instructor who lives with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Redivider, The Potomac Review, Georgetown Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Arcadia, Two Thirds North, upstreet, Bitter Oleander and many others. His first novel The Last Refrain is now available from Sweatshoppe Publications, and his poetry chapbook Near Harmony is available from Flutter Press. For more information about his writing, please visit
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