Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth CenturyBook - 2000
âeoeOne of the most satisfying cover-to-cover short story collections I can remember.âe#157; âe"DAVE EGGERS, AUTHOR OF ZEITOUNThe stories in Tom Barbashâe(tm)s evocative and often darkly funny collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in âeoeThe Breakâe#157; interferes with her sonâe(tm)s love life over his Christmas break from college. The anxious young man in âeoeBalloon Nightâe#157; persists in hosting his and his wifeâe(tm)s annual watch-the-Macyâe(tm)s-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party, while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. âeoeSomebodyâe(tm)s Sonâe#157; tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks,and the young narrator in âeoeThe Womenâe#157; watches his newly widowed father become the toast of Manhattanâe(tm)s mid-life dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing.
The characters in Stay Up with Me find new truths when the old ones have shifted course, or given out. In the tradition of classic storywriters like John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humour, psychological acuity and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging tales that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.