Don't Make Me Stop Now by Michael Parker

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These eleven arresting, comic, and moving stories by acclaimed writer Michael Parker testify to the driving force of love, the lengths to which we’ll go to claim it and pursue it, the delusions we’ll float to keep it going, the torment that goes part and parcel with it. And despite all of the above, the absolute necessity of it, no matter its consequences.

Whether it’s a college student undone by the boy who leaves her, or the boyfriend intent on leveling old scores from high school for his lover, or the husband who discovers—in the grocery store—the woman he should have been with all along, every character, no matter how off track, wants to believe in debt and credit and payback and making the messy world—and the messy world of love—turn out neatly.

About Michael Parker

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MICHAEL PARKER is the author of five novels and two books of short stories. Winner of the Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters and the North Carolina Award for Literature, he is a professor in the MFA writing program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information,
Published September 1, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The best are empathetic but clearheaded portraits of folks who’ve hit the skids: The narrator of “The Right to Remain” is well aware of how drinking has wrecked his relationships but can’t bring himself to stop stalking his ex, and the narrator of “What Happens Next” is constantly shadowed by the...

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Love's unfortunate side effects dominate the majority of stories in Parker's latest (after If You Want Me to Stay ), in which characters, haunted by romances past, are frequently driven to extremes.

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