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The Complete Short Stories of Gary Troia:…

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by Gary Troia

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There is British dark humor, then there is Gary Troia, who is in a class of his own as far as literary grit is concerned. His incredibly jaw-dropping stories—gathered together in one convenient book—thoroughly flesh out the poignant, inescapably dark aspects of the human condition, but told in a way that makes you chuckle and, ultimately, entertained.

I have always expressed admiration for authors who choose to write short stories—not as popular as novels in the mainstream genre, short story collections are a sort of a statement of defiance among maverick authors who knows they have what it takes to carve their own path. Gary Troia is one such voice—these stories will make you sit down and drop everything else just to read through it. For example, in “Cuckoo’s Nest”, I can’t get over how Troia sublimely built up what starts out as seemingly innocent antics that end up in the kind of tragedy you’ll remember for the rest of your life—there’s something Chekhovian about it. Meanwhile, “Angel Dust” has that sort of playfulness I usually see in some of Woody Allen’s recent films, such as ‘Midnight in Paris’.

At turns hilarious and tragic, Troia’s short story collection is as remarkable as, say, Ian McEwan’s ‘First Love, Last Rites’—but Gary Troia’s own works can stand on their own as a compelling expression of one distinct literary voice. I highly, highly recommend this book—you will enjoy and savour every moment of it. A well-deserved five-star rating for one of contemporary literature’s unique voices. ( )
  jblazarte | Mar 16, 2014 |
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