Gathered Here Together

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Gathered here together are 22 of Garrett Socol’s finely crafted stories, by turns darkly humorous and light and zany, and often both at once.  The characters populating these stories march slightly out-of-step with the world around them: a dentist, his hygienist, and their illicit flossing , a writer who publishes her own suicide handbook, a woman selling baked goods for electroshock therapy.  In this collection, Socol brings his wry insight and sensitivity to bear on the madness of contemporary culture, the silliness of everyday life, and illustrates the many ways people, against all odds, keep themselves afloat.

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from SALLY’S SUICIDE CHECKLIST

Returning home after having her stomach pumped was not
one of Sally Biddle’s favorite activities. The food in her refrigerator
would be growing mold, the toilet seat in her bathroom would be
freezing cold, and more often than not, dried blood would have to
be hand-washed from the hickory hardwood floor in the living room.
But here she was again, in the passenger seat of Adam Delgado’s
white Infiniti, with its tinted windows and new car scent, pulling up
to her empty duplex.

“If a dozen people are on the other side of the door waiting to
scream ‘Surprise,’ I won’t speak to you for six months,” she warned.

“I’d never let a dozen people see you looking like such hell,” he
assured her, clutching her arm to keep her from falling and breaking
some bone on the winding brick path. “You look like you just spent
two weeks at Buchenwald.”

 

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