Kick in the Head: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 15, 2001 - Fiction - 240 pages
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The stories in this collection establish Steven Rinehart as a master of observation with an uncanny ability plumb to the psyche of that most perplexing beast, the American male, and to create infuriatingly real characters who find themselves in hilariously scary situations.

A man who's finally enjoying his first sex-only relationship destroys it by clinging to a white lie. Another, who has long pined for his best friend's girlfriend finally has his chance, but has to contend with her trigger-happy brother. From the high school teacher battling his attraction to a troubled student to the man who becomes a conspirator in a violent outburst in a bar, these are guys who have a lot to learn-and seem to insist on doing so the hard way.

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User Review  - hayduke - LibraryThing

An impressive debut collection of short stories by a writer to keep an eye on. Each of these stories had elements that made me wince and I mean that in a good way. Rinehart examines in close-up detail the basest of human foibles with humor and pathos. Read full review

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In Rinehart's engaging debut collection of short stories, men seek to make connections with women, often without welcome and rarely with much introspection or insight. But the stories ring true ... Read full review


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\Steven Rinehart spent his childhood on military bases in Europe.  His family then moved to Illinois, and he went to school in Hawaii and Iowa.  His stories have been published in a variety of magazines, including Harper's, GQ, Story, and Ploughshares and he has received both NEA and Michener Fellowships. He lives in New York City.

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