Author(s): David Balzer
Genre: Short Stories
Original Publish Date: May 01, 2012
Product Number: EB00074875
Released: May 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781770901131
Publisher: ECW Press
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This debut collection of stories - featuring a talk-show host and her talking hand, a women's activity group that writes to prisoners, and a poncho-making nudist - is as unique as it is compelling. Set in their own melodramatic worlds, the stories take inspiration from Old Hollywood, Gothic novels, art-world gossip, and maybe a Lifetime movie or two. Balzer's observations are as sharp as Flaubert's, and his characters are drawn with the complexity of George Saunders (and the wit of George Sanders). Beautifully illustrated throughout, Contrivances proves that tragedy is comedy when you play with it long enough.

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