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Selected Blackouts by John Goldbach

John Goldbach’s utterly original debut collection offers funny and penetrating tales of people struggling with faith, addiction, sex and mortality. These stories follow characters through crack-ups, meltdowns and blackouts. A man faces the existential void as he tries to quit smoking with a self-help book; an overheated cooking show host battles the Cancún sun with increasingly elaborate blender drinks; and small-town teenagers asphyxiate themselves for something to do. Generous and knowing, the eleven stories in Selected Blackouts read with all the strange clarity of coming to.

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English

Fiction

2009

9781897178799

Insomniac

Toronto

2009

176

softcover