Bang Crunch by Neil Smith
(Vintage Contemporaries)

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In Neil Smith’s nine stories, average people find themselves in decidedly unusual situations, as the mundane and the fantastic collide. A woman mourning the loss of her husband finds solace in talking to his ashes, entombed in a curling stone. The title story zeroes in on a girl with Fred Hoyle syndrome, whose age expands and contracts like the universe. The members of a support group for people with benign tumors begin to suspect that their meekness has caused their medical woes.

Bang Crunch creates an extraordinary world inhabited by all-too-human characters, and heralds the arrival of a literary talent with an unfailing, exacting concern for the profundities of our lives.

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About Neil Smith

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Neil Smith, CEO of Promontory  Growth and Innovation (PGI), has for the last 20 years focused on helping large corporations dramatically improve performance and profitability by growing revenues and innovatively reducing costs. Smith has led initiatives across a number of industries with some of the strongest companies in the U.S. including, Mellon Bank, Willis, and North American Van Lines. He recently spearheaded the highly visable initiative across Bank of America, and a firm he co-founded was responsible for projects at Heinz, Detroit Edison and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. His efforts have helped increase profits at top companies by 20 percent or more.Patricia O’Connell, former Management Editor at, brings more than 20 years of writing and editing in a variety of subjects, including business, leadership, and strategy.  With contributions from Dr. Richard Levak, a nationally recognized personality expert who has been in private practice for over thirty years and has a growing practice in organizational consulting, assisting businesses with executive hiring, development and teambuilding. 
Published January 8, 2008 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Smith's boyish appearance in photos, the book's graffiti-tag cover design and the fact that Bang Crunch is a debut conspire to give the impression that Smith is a young writer.

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Neil Smith's "Bang Crunch" is a surprising and strange book of short stories on the themes of love, absence and, most often, the confusion between what we feel and what we think we're supposed to feel.

Feb 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Bang Crunch (Vintage Contempo...

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