Why the Long Face?: Stories
Fiction. Fifteen stories, at once playful and serious, simple and layered, familiar and not. Gertrude Stein and Buffy the Vampire Slayer track down the bridal party to save a Las Vegas wedding. An ambivalent geneticist disappears himself in Texas scrub country. A five-year-old in search of her lost mother walks a high-wire between her home and her lesbian neighbor's. These are stories about people yearning for connection with each other, with themselves, with whatever lies beyond.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Ron MacLean works along the borders of experimental fiction in many of the stories in this collection. Reality comes and goes. That’s not bad – there’s a freshness in these stories, a sense of something a little different that perks up the ears. Relationships, outlandish situations, and a few normal people are treated with subtle humor and even respect. In Mile Marker 283, a long-haul trucker tends to sleep without warning and is afraid that she’ll “come unmoored.” Dr. Bliss and the Library of Toast is the strangely heartwarming story of a man starting over in a new place and his friend, the town’s “Mafioso Mayor.” MacLean explores the mystery of love and everyday life, albeit from the edges. It’s not always easy to swallow, but as the narrator of Aerialist – a concerned father – says, “sometimes you have to give yourself over to mystery.”
Review: Why the Long Face?User Review - Goodreads
In the end, a worthwhile use of my time, but rather hard to review in any coherent fashion.