Maladjusted, The by Derek Hayes

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Compassion can be overvalued as a fictional device, and certain of these stories tend too far in that direction. But perhaps the notion that good things — even small and contingent ones — should befall people now and then is not something that should be dismissed...
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Sixteen clever and insightful stories about people who fail to meet fundamental social or cultural expectations. These contemporary, urban, mostly short commuter-like stories capture quiry events in satisfying ways. The dark undertones and sharp-witted ironies emply settings such as apartments, lofts, and studios and use as backdrops the tensions of city life to outré characters and their given idiosyncrasies. Some of the characters are on the social fringe, some osess privately, another stews over his eroding prestige on the inner city basketball court.
 

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Derek Hayes has been writing professionally for ten years. He lives in Toronto, ON.
 
Published September 30, 2011 by Thistledown Press. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Jan 13 2012

Still, one returns to the insistence on human dignity, something that appears as a driving force throughout this collection.

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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Jan 13 2012

Compassion can be overvalued as a fictional device, and certain of these stories tend too far in that direction. But perhaps the notion that good things — even small and contingent ones — should befall people now and then is not something that should be dismissed...

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