CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Sep 8, 2010 - 130 pages
Believable Lies is a collection of stories written about people born and raised in the 20th century, and, like this writer's life, follow a progression from hippie days through working for a living then facing getting older and its situations. But like life, the characters find the absurd more likely than the rational, and humor in unlikely scenarios of love, loss and separation.The stories run from the 1970s through tomorrow, and offer a view how those raised in the second half of the 20th century have found ways to cope in a changed world. There are rock musicians, drug dealers, hit men and salesmen and private eyes, lovers and con men and teachers, Sirens and cougars and mamas, all with something to say about the way things go down in their lives. Nineteen stories in all, sixteen in a cycle of youth through midlife then aging, two experimental narratives, and a coda, "Papa's Girl" to revisit a theme.
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"The stories in Neil Crabtree’s debut story collection Believable Lies are bold, risky, and wildly entertaining. Trust me—you’re going to be carried away to a more vivid and compelling world than the one you’re living in. You’ll be laughing so hard you won’t realize you’re crying. No one should be this good, or this funny, the first time out. Neil’s genius is his ability to uncover the sadness that underlies the comic and the grandeur just below the surface of our sorry lives."
---John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power & Light, Requiem, MASS, Is Life Like This? and Johnny TooBad, all from W.W. Norton, New York, New York