Best Worst NYTBR

Mon 22 May 2017 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Best Worst American cover Although I did not actually get to sit down with a pot of tea and read the New York Times yesterday (kids, what can you do?), I did exult all weekend over this lovely review of Juan Martinez’s collection Best Worst American.

The review, by Lincoln Michel, covers four recent short story collections — I love these catch-up columns where they review 4 collections or translations or books that might vaguely fit a theme as they are often books I’ve missed otherwise.

Anyway, here’s a single measly line from the start of the review (“Martinez’s debut showcases a try-anything approach to narrative”) and here’s one other from the end. For all the interesting bits in between (botched what?), click ye link:

In his longest and best stories, Martinez mines both the small details and the large absurdities of life to show us our own strange world in a new way.


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