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|Read Pdf Ø American Morons ê From the author of the acclaimed novel THE SNOWMAN S CHILDREN and the award winning collection THE TWO SAMS comes American Morons, a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectful father to a vanished amusement park at the end of the Long Beach pier Two recently retired teachers learn just how much Los Angeles has taken from themIn these atmospheric, wide ranging, surprisingly playful, and deeply mournful stories, grandkids and widows, ice cream truck drivers and judges, travelers and invalids all discover and sometimes even survive the everyday losses from which the most vengeful ghosts so often spring Hind Yatra / ہند یاترا a new collection of dazzling and haunting talesTwo traveling college students confront their disintegrating relationship and the new American reality in a breakdown lane along the Italian Superstrade A woman chases the ghost of her neglectful father to a vanished amusement park at the end of the Long Beach pier Two recently retired teachers learn just how much Los Angeles has taken from themIn these atmospheric Cuba in War Time wide ranging Notorious Pleasures surprisingly playful Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison and deeply mournful stories December Bride grandkids and widows How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows ice cream truck drivers and judges Grof Monte Kristo II travelers and invalids all discover and sometimes even survive the everyday losses from which the most vengeful ghosts so often spring Completely mischaracterised as horror, these are in fact deftly written contemporary short stories with varying degrees of eeriness The title story, in which a breakdown on the autostrada exposes the fragility of an American couple s relationship, is particularly unsettling The other stand outs for me were Safety Clowns and Flowers on their Bridles, Hooves in the Air with its King esque journey into a haunted amusement arcade and background love triangle The last two or three tales didn t Completely mischaracterised as horror, these are in fact deftly written contemporary short stories with varying degrees of eeriness The title story, in which a breakdown on the autostrada exposes the fragility of an American couple s relationship, is particularly unsettling The other stand outs for me were Safety Clowns and Flowers on their Bridles, Hooves in the Air with its King esque journey into a haunted amusement arcade and background love triangle The last two or three tales didn t grip me as much but Hirshberg is clearly a talent Non scary horror until you sit back and think about what he actually said Subtle, odd, all around good read. Ghosts not the Hollywood special effects sort, but the type that humans create in their own minds are at the core of this award winning collection of short stories The believable characters lives extend beyond the pages, and they are put into situations where the familiar becomes horrific Hirshberg creates a shadowy mood, not without a dark sense of humor, and masterfully fashions the endings of his tales. This collection falls under the horror genre, but I think they expand beyond the borders of horror To be honest, I ve been disappointed by many short story collections, so I kind of had low expectations for this collection and was happy to have been wrong But they were well written, and haunting and sometimes creepy, and, most importantly, they felt new, not like there were just copies or rewrites of other stories.