Twin Study by Stacey Richter

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Cavemen Roam The Suburbs, Morality is questionable, teens are angsting, and alcoholics abound. This is the world as Stacey Richter sees it. In spite of--or perhaps because of--this alarming cast of characters, Richter's stories are infused with wit, humor, and keen observations of what makes humans tick. There is no sentimental hand-wringing about alcoholic or absentee parents, lost loves, or the most terrible suburban neighborhood Christmas displays. Richter's characters live, exist, play, and often drink too much because that is simply what they do. Carrying on is the only option. Richter writes with volatile energy, hurtling through her stories while coasting seamlessly between the regular and mundane. She sees the repercussions of bad parenting, forgotten kids, and while she may scoff, her caustic observations never demean her characters. By turns heartbreaking, mirthful, sardonic, and wise, her stories occasionally take a turn into the bizarre. Still, Richter's flights of fancy are not about whimsy or science fiction. They are one imaginative woman's clever and naked view of the absurdities teeming around her.

About Stacey Richter

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Stacey Richter received her MFA from Brown University. She won a Pushcart Prize for "The Beauty Treatment," originally published in The Mississippi Review, and a National Prize for Fiction for "The First Men." Also, her stories have appeared in GQ, Seventeen, Granta, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, LIT, and Nerve°. She lives in a pink bungalow in Tucson, Arizona, and writes regularly for The Tucson Weekly.
Published March 12, 2007 by Counterpoint. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonists in Twin Study, Stacey Richter's colletiong of stunning and occasionally supernatural short stories, run the gamut of humanity, from rebellious teenagers, fractured poets, and anachronistic cavemen to ambitious house pets, suburban potheads, and, yes, identical twins.

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