Another wicked good collection of short stories, The Drowned Life, by Jeffrey Ford. Ford’s short stories are some of the best being written today. The have the weirdness and fantastical approach to describing reality that we find in original practitioners of the American short story, like Hawthorne and Poe, as well as the gritty realism that readers have become accustomed to in the short story form over the years. What I enjoy most about a Jeffrey Ford story is that they always capture some essence of the human condition, or create a new way to understand something about our lives that, before reading the story, seems invisible. Take a chance on this book, even if you don’t tend to read short stories.
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