The New York Times Book Review
called Maud Casey
“a stand-up philosopher posing vexing questions about human existence” and praised her “dazzling narrative dare.” She is the author of two novels, The Shape of Things to Come
, and the short story collection Drastic
I’d like to recommend Curtis Smith
‘s “In the Jukebox Light
There’s an ease to the voice, a collective, inquisitive “we” that is often lyrical (“blissful astronaut lovers float in a sky of flashbulb stars”). A dense, palpable world is conveyed swiftly.
It’s a world in which this couple’s loss is not extraordinary but is still worthy of attention.
I particularly like the “or not” at the end—that uncertainty is lovely.
“In the Jukebox Light” is the title story of Curtis’s second collection
with March Street Press. His new novel, Sound + Noise
, was released in 2008.