Bibliophilia by Michael Griffith
A Novella and Stories

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In the title novella, 'Bibliophilia,' the unlikely protagonist is a postmenopausal university librarian pressed into reluctant duty as a 'sex cop,' whose job is to troll the stacks for students intent on illicit coupling among the classics. The stories are equally zany and wide-ranging, featuring, among others: a hair scientist who is going bald; an English professor trapped in a monkey cage; a mother who hands her toddler to a mugger while she rummages for money in her purse; a nightwatchman in a used-hubcap yard; and the owner of a landfill who is also the proud father of a teenage chess prodigy. What the fictions have in common is an astute mixture of comedy and pathos. Taking seemingly ludicrous premises, Griffith manages, in surprising ways, to render them poignant.

About Michael Griffith

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Michael Griffith has had many stories and essays published in various literary journals. His first novel, Spikes, was published by Arcade in 2001. For years he was the associate editor of the Southern Review, and he now teaches at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Published August 2, 2004 by Arcade Publishing. 248 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rest of the stories are just as well-planned and zany: in “Zugzwang” (a chess term), an ex-professional wrestler-father and a boardgame-prodigy son find themselves growing apart when the latter employs the former in a living chess display that turns into farcical spectacle.

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The short stories feature a beguiling array of eccentric, excessive characters, including a macho wrestler whose son develops a passion for chess, a gay English teacher who has been imprisoned in a cage at an amusement park and a balding hair scientist who tracks his decline according to his hair...

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Although the other stories are similarly offbeat pearls, the title novella -- ornately imagined, if a little long -- is the one that most emulates the Confederacy style: In a yarn about a ''sex cop'' at a Louisiana university library who patrols the stacks with an alarm bell, Griffith offers c...

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