In his latest collection of literary fiction, Mark Brazaitis evokes with sympathy, insight, and humor the lives of characters in a small Ohio town. The ten short stories of The Incurables limn the mental landscape of people facing conditions they believe are insolvable, from the oppressive horrors of mental illness to the beguiling and baffling complexities of romantic and familial love.In the book's opening story, "The Bridge," a new sheriff must confront a suicide epidemic as well as his own deteriorating mental health. In "Classmates," a man sets off to visit the wife of a classmate who has killed himself. Is he hoping to write a story about his classmate or to observe the aftermath of what his own suicide attempt, if successful, would have been like? In the title story, a down-on-his-luck porn actor returns to his hometown and winds up in the mental health ward of the local hospital, where he meets a captivating woman.
Other stories in the collection include "A Map of the Forbidden," about a straight-laced man who is tempted to cheat on his wife after his adulterous father dies, and "The Boy Behind the Tree," about a problematic father-son relationship made more so by the arrival on the scene of a young man the son's age. In "I Return," a father narrates a story from the afterlife, discovering as he does so that he is not as indispensable to his family as he had believed.
This is my first Mark Brazaitis and it was a really good first meeting! I really enjoy short stories, and these were almost perfect, i really enjoyed the story about the town that suddenly got people that jumped of a bridge to kill them self! Other then that there was a mixed bag of fun, that not always hit me, but there was no stories that made me wish i would not hear it! Mark Brazaitis first meeting with me is a meeting i want again, so i give him a hig 4,4 out of 5!
William Coon is brilliant as he is always! I loved him in Stories to Read While Driving: Kill the King and Other Tales and Changing Michael! I still love him! I said in one of the books that: "He is funny when needed, and not when needed. There is something about William Coon that is had to explain, he has the "x-factor" and that shows so clear in this book" I feel the same here! 8 hrs and 2 mins in William Coon is perfect compony! William Coon is that good!
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