Jeff Tapia's collection Deep Tissue is written in a preposterously excruciating style that mimics the often preposterous and excruciating everydayness of modern life. In the title story, a man seeks revenge against his soon-to-be ex-wife by destroying her new kitchen appliance. In "Fear's," a disgruntled security guard asks his good-natured buddy to help him cut off his foot. The middle-aged woman in "The Dark Continent" keeps the lump in her breast a secret from her new partner only to discover - belatedly - that he has a secret of his own. Mimicking the soulless rummage of the information age, Deep Tissue explores the poignant needs and desires of everyday people engulfed in a phony world.
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“Jeff Tapia challenges short story norms and dares the reader to walk away. . . . for that narrow niche of readers craving challenging fiction and dark humor, this is a very satisfying little book. . . .“Apr 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Deep Tissue