By Lee K. Abbott
Listed below are tales approximately fathers and sons, tales approximately women and men, and tales concerning the relationships among males through one among our so much talented tale writers. The narrator of "The Who, the What and the Why," starts breaking into his personal condo as a kind of treatment after his daughter dies. In "The Human Use of Inhuman Beings," the most personality realizes that his closest dating is to an angel, who looks to him basically to announce the demise of household. All issues, All at Once reminds us why Lee ok. Abbott is to be valuable: his excellent pitch for stories of hapless Southwesterners, his manner with sympathetic irony, his eye that skillfully notes the awkward humiliations—common heartbreak, fractured families—and files all of it in lyrical, affectionate language. In stories new and from prior collections Abbott examines lived existence and the lies we unavoidably inform approximately it.
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57 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK But I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I don’t either. Let me do my shot. I mean if I do, I do, and if I don’t, I don’t. I don’t care. Hold on a second. I mean I probably do. Whatever. Look, I love you. I want to have sex with you. I want you to love me, okay? But you’re ruining my high, so please shut the fuck up.
It’s okay. Forget it. No, listen. The boyfriend thing . . I’ve never even considered it. Forget it. 34 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N No, I’m saying maybe that’s the answer. I’m just not sure. I don’t care. Yeah, you do. No, why would I? Oh, you mean you’re going to throw me out? What? You’re going to kick me out. Where the hell did that come from? You will. I fucking know it. I never should have said that. God, I hate you. 35 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK No, that’s the problem. I don’t want to throw you out. I know how horrible that would be for you.
Me too. You should have seen me. 51 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK It’s like I knew exactly how it would feel, and when I knew that, I wanted it. I was shaking and I couldn’t breathe I wanted it so bad. Oh, fuck. So what did it feel like? I can’t describe it. I’m not like you. Maybe I should have done it. When you didn’t come back, I wanted to kill myself. I mean more than I ever have before. I felt so fucking hopeless and ugly and stupid. I 52 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N thought you saw me, and then you didn’t want me.
All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories by Lee K. Abbott