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Matt Debenham’s stories are for people who think they don’t like short stories. These stories don’t leave off in mid-breath; instead, they feature characters who seem to live on even after their closing pages. The humor in The Book of Right and Wrong makes the jarring moments that much more jarring, and the tender moments that much more tender.
 At once heartbreaking and hilarious, the eleven stories in The Book of Right and Wrong capture their characters at the defining moments of their lives. A mother finds herself defending her son’s biggest bully from a tormentor of his own; a young man watches as his cape-wearing former high-school classmate proves himself more adept at making friends; a social worker gambles everything on expediting an adoption—and causes unforeseen consequences for every person in her life; a boy standing in for Jimmy Carter in his elementary school’s mock-election inadvertently starts a bloody playground war; an ex-con single father finds himself on the inside of his town’s social circle, with no clue as to how the game is played. 
With lively storytelling and empathy to spare, The Book of Right and Wrong defies the notion that full, memorable characters live only in novels.
 

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Matt Debenham, whose work has been published in The Roanoke Review and The Pinch, lives and writes in Westport, Connecticut.

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t.burkholder, August 6, 2010 (view all comments by t.burkholder)
I'm buying this book for a friend who borrowed my copy, read it twice and now wants to read it a THIRD time. That's how good these stories are. Totally haunting, heartbreaking and funny. I was constantly stopping to share lines with whoever was in the room. Worth every penny.
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ISBN:
9780814251737
Author:
Debenham, Matt
Publisher:
Ohio State University Press
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
2
Series:
Ohio State Univ Prize in Short Fiction
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Matt Debenham’s stories are for people who think they don’t like short stories. These stories don’t leave off in mid-breath; instead, they feature characters who seem to live on even after their closing pages. The humor in The Book of Right and Wrong makes the jarring moments that much more jarring, and the tender moments that much more tender.
 At once heartbreaking and hilarious, the eleven stories in The Book of Right and Wrong capture their characters at the defining moments of their lives. A mother finds herself defending her son’s biggest bully from a tormentor of his own; a young man watches as his cape-wearing former high-school classmate proves himself more adept at making friends; a social worker gambles everything on expediting an adoption—and causes unforeseen consequences for every person in her life; a boy standing in for Jimmy Carter in his elementary school’s mock-election inadvertently starts a bloody playground war; an ex-con single father finds himself on the inside of his town’s social circle, with no clue as to how the game is played. 
With lively storytelling and empathy to spare, The Book of Right and Wrong defies the notion that full, memorable characters live only in novels.
 
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