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  • By jfkantrowitz
    Sep 7, 2014
    Don't get too comfortable, because Sobkowiak's stories are about to zoom by you as fast and unfettered as Eva Vroome on her hog. If you like to take your time and settle into the scenery, these small stories may not be for you. But if you don't mind falling deeply for a place, a mood, a character, a scene, and being abruptly dumped at the bottom of the page, then the ride is worth the fall. Sobkowiak's stories make the most of their scant paragraphs, evoking, describing, alluding, but never explaining. When I first started to read the Eva Vroome stories, before they appeared in Amigo, I emailed the author and asked for the correct order in which to read them. He wrote back and politely declined, telling me they're meant to be nonlinear, that I could start anywhere and end up anywhere. I was surprised how uncomfortable that made me! I wanted an order, an explanation, a path. But that's exactly what Sobkowiak and his stories don't offer. As Eva herself says, "Find something else to... More > live for, Marty. You do not want to follow me to the end of the road. The world is flat! Haven't you heard?" As you turn the pages of Amigo, each sudden ending of each story you were starting to lose yourself in shoves you back into yourself. Suddenly, sooner than you were expecting, the blank space between stories says, "Your turn. What are *you* going to do?" And the answer isn't the same as it was before you read the story.< Less
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August 26, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.47 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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