Harper Perennial were kind enough to send me a copy of this book for review, and it's a good-looking book too. But I was reading some of the quotes on the back, all the praise from other people and I was concerned - could one writer really create a selection of short stories that can do all that? Turns out that Kevin Moffett actually can.
At the heart of each story is a fascinating character, or two, and Moffett has a way of introducing his characters in such a way that they're instantly known and loved. There wasn't any story that didn't move. And it's never obvious or contrived, always subtle and very clever. These are the kind of characters that remind you of real life. Someone told me a story about their colleague, and I said, 'That's like this story I read, where this guy...' Circumstances might be different, but the feeling is the same, and there's a huge variety of feelings here; gentle ups and downs, but definitely felt.
All bar one of these stories have appeared in magazines, including McSweeney's and the Harvard Review. It's no wonder. If I haven't made a case for it already, Moffett can really write. Someone will probably want to make these short films, but that's impossible, because it's about the words. Stylish and brilliant.