Half as Happy by Gregory Spatz

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A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord's house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge connections no one anticipated. Each with the depth and breadth of a novel, these stories reverberate long after they've ended, like beautiful and disturbing dreams.

About Gregory Spatz

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Gregory Spatz is the author of the novels Inukshuk, Fiddler's Dream, and No One But Us, and the short fiction collections Wonderful Tricks and Half as Happy (forthcoming from Engine Books in 2013). He has also written for the Oxford American and Poets and Writers and his stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker. He is the recipient of a Washington State Book Award, Spokane Arts Commission Individual Artist of the Year Award, and National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches in the MFA program at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. When he's not writing or teaching, Spatz plays fiddle and tours with Mighty Squirrel and the internationally acclaimed bluegrass band John Reischman and The Jaybirds.
Published March 22, 2013 by Engine Books. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The solid “Any Landlord’s Dream” demonstrates the precision of Spatz’s prose and his eye for detail in this modest collection of eight tales of loss. A couple, Seamus and Carolyne, nearly destroyed by

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