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In this light but intelligent story about a young woman going to a work colleague’s funeral, themes of desire and loneliness are explored with great humor and intimate detail. As she crosses Chicago, attends the ceremony, and goes to the party afterwards, the narrator reveals an unflinching interior portrait of herself–brimming with life in the presence of death, and embracing each day as it comes.
Yoshi Takamata is a an unusual kind of martial arts master. Rather than focusing on training and discipline, he instead prefers alcohol and young blonde girls. His new student Wallace follows him around New Jersey while asking himself the same questions: Is his master a fraud? Or could he be the real thing?
Is home really where the heart is? A realtor is stuck with a lesbian couple who’s never happy. They’ve seen over 70 houses already but it seems their disagreement lies not in the houses, but in their own relationship. Will they all find what they are looking for?
There is a certain irony in teaching children how to swim by first showing them the Dead Man’s Float. After all, when examined from a purely objective stance, swimming is a truly terrifying idea. This notion of impending surreal dread is explored in this acerbically funny and deeply symbolic account of a boy refusing to swim in the deep end with his mother and her new boyfriend.
In this humorous and off-beat confrontation with the surreal, a graduate student encounters a headless man as he tends to the university grounds–the first of several chance meetings that will result in her reexamining how she lives her life.
In this playful and timely story about political disagreements within one’s extended family, a New Englander visits her Nebraska in-laws and is shocked by their reaction to the death of a family pet in light of their views on the world in general.
A judge with a controlling mother develops an unhealthy obsession with a woman who lives in his neighborhood. Soon enough it turns out the lawman is struggling to follow the rules when it comes to his own personal desires. Will he finally get caught? A story about control and deep desires that rise unexpectedly above the surface.