Scott Snyder’s protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or an employee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder’s wondrous imagination there’s a thin membrane between the whimsical and the disturbing: the unlikely affair between a famous actress - in hiding after surgery - and a sporting goods salesman takes an ominous turn just as she begins to heal; an engaged couple’s relationship is fractured when one of them becomes obsessed with an inmate at the women’s prison next door. Dark, funny, powerful, this debut collection underscores the remarkable gifts of a fiercely original young writer.
This inventive short story collection earned rave reviews when it debuted in 2006, and with good reason. Author Scott Snyder, now known for his work in comic books, crafts beautifully dark short stories that teem with insight. His flawed characters are sympathetic and familiar even when they are trapped in unusual circumstances: chasing blimps, guarding dumpsters, working in wax museums, managing car wrecking yards. Though some stories come to a more satisfying ending than others, all are well worth the trip. Performer Kevin T. Collins brings Snyder's crisp prose to life with just the right touch of dramatic intensity, heightening the pathos of these well-told and original tales.
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