Stabs at Happiness by Todd Grimson
13 Stories

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Marking the first original publication by Todd Grimson in almost 20 years, the 13 stories compiled in this volume showcase the author’s fascinating fictional canvases, peopled by authentic and sympathetic characters with settings ranging from the Amazon to the Sahara and stops in between to 1970s East Village and pre-Castro Cuba. Whether it’s a Hollywood starlet who goes AWOL from her movie set in the wake of her husband's suicide and in disguise embarks anonymously on a hedonistic bender or an African American man seeking the answer behind the mysterious disappearance of his friend in the heart of Muslim North Africa, each individual within these stories is striving to break free, to make new meaning of their world, to find recognition or self-definition in an otherwise bleak and unsympathetic world. Fresh and bold and original in his voice and depiction of character, places, and events, Grimson’s range is extraordinary, his imagination is unsurpassable, and his empathy for his characters—whether killers, transvestites, prostitutes—are all deeply heartfelt.

About Todd Grimson

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Todd Grimson is the author of the novels Brand New Cherry Flavor, Stainless, and Within Normal Limits, which was the winner of the Oregon Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published November 1, 2012 by Schaffner Press, Inc.. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The contents alternate between brief experimental fictions with an absurdist slant—among them “P not Q,” whose increasingly bizarre events suggest an alien infiltration of Earth—and more traditional dramatic narratives.

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Oregon Live

Portlander Todd Grimson won a 1988 Oregon Book Award for his first novel, "Within Normal Limits," yet many readers don't know this local boy's work;

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Willamette Week

The title story of Todd Grimson’s new collection, Stabs at Happiness (Schaffner Press, 216 pages, $24.95), is made almost literal: It recounts an art-punk lesbian—Wavves’ “Surf Goths” on the earbuds—strapping on a dildo to peg a vacantly compliant emo boy she’d met in a chatroom.

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