Synopses & Reviews
In her New Yorker review of The KGB Bar Reader, Daphne Merkin called attention to Ken Foster's introduction: "His last sentence ... caught me up short, because it seemed both so obvious and so original: 'And that the best writers reveal something about themselves that a smarter person would choose to hide.'" In this collection, Foster does exactly that, as he explores the limits of what we can expect from others, and from ourselves. From New Orleans to Portland to Manhattan and Paris, Foster's characters circle each other as well as their own fates in fourteen stories that evoke Mary Gaitskill, Lorrie Moore, and Denis Johnson. The heart of what we're looking for in life provides the backbone to these surprising and poetic pieces -- in which Foster ultimately reveals the gap between what we hope for and the kind we're likely to get.
From the editor of "The KGB Bar Reader" comes a collection of 14 stories that evoke Mary Gaitskill, Lorrie Moore, and Denis Johnson in their emotion and lyricism. "Wonderful, just short of too hip."--"The Village Voice."
About the Author
Ken Foster has organized the KGB Bar Reading Series since its inception in 1994. He received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where he was fiction editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. He lives in New York City and is at work on a novel.
Table of Contents
Keep it from the flame -- Indelible -- Red dresses -- The circuit -- Another shoot -- Remainders -- A story about someone else -- Two windows -- The kind I'm likely to get -- Things you can make someting out of -- Running in place -- Like incest -- Crush -- Happy people.