written by Mark Chiusano
published by Penguin Books
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I haven’t read anything this wonderful in years. I often find short story collections difficult to review, but not this time. Chiusano’s style – especially in “We Were Supposed” – is unforgettable. I’m utterly, irrevocably impressed.
Would I recommend it: It’s brilliant. Read it. NOW.
About the book – from Goodreads: Marine Park—in the far reaches of Brooklyn, train-less and tourist-free—finds its literary chronicler in Mark Chiusano. Chiusano’s dazzling stories delve into family, boyhood, sports, drugs, love, and all the weird quirks of growing up in a tight-knit community on the edge of the city. In the tradition of Junot Díaz’s Drown, Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago, and Russell Banks’s Trailerpark, this is a poignant and piercing collection—announcing the arrival of a distinct new voice in American fiction.