By Kevin Canty
Within the culture of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. irritating but compellingly readable, the tales during this assortment discover the space among sadness and desire, among existence because it will be and lifestyles because it is.
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It's difficult to verbalize. He has such an incredible innocence. A lost, doomed look that Byron must have had. A vulnerability that makes you want to shield and protect him. I don't know for sure what it is, but it struck a chord in my soul. Soul," she mused. "Maybe that's it. " She nodded, as if to herself. " She looked back up at me. "If that quality, whatever it is, would photograph, he would become a star overnight, whether he could act or not. " Lorraine Nesbitt, I decided, was as nutty as a fruitcake.
In another half hour I said I had to call it a night. I had to get up early the next morning. I always spent Sunday with my mother in Inglewood. My mother was touring Yucatan at the time, but that was neither here nor there. I looked at Johnny. He nodded. He was to make sure Detweiler stayed at least another twenty minutes and then follow him when he did leave. If he went anywhere but his apartment, he was to come and let me know, quick. I let myself into number seven with the master key. The drapes were closed, and so I took a chance and turned on the bathroom light.
His suitcase was on the floor by the couch. It was riveted cowhide of a vintage I hadn't seen since I was a kid. Though it wore a mellow patina of age, it had been preserved with neat's-foot oil and loving care. I may have been mistaken about his not moving. Detweiler wasn't feeling well at all. He was pale and drawn and fidgety. His eyelids were heavy and his speech was faintly blurred. I'm sure he was in pain, but he tried to act as if nothing were wrong. " I asked. He gave me a cheerful, if slightly strained, smile.
A Stranger in This World: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) by Kevin Canty