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Modern Massacres by Timothy Willis Sanders
Modern Massacres is Timothy Willis Sanders’s third book and second collection of short stories. In the vein of Orange Juice (his first collection with PGP, from 2010), stories like “John Lennon,” “Officer Walter,” and “Glasses” examine contemporary life in a familiar, canny way. Humorous and full of keen observations, Sanders writes with care and respect for his characters, from the innocent kids to the flawed adults, all of whom are looking for connection and approval—or at least some kindness in a world that isn’t always easy to live in.
“Modern Massacres describes the experience of involuntary memory, emotions, and associations combined with present-lived action in a way that feels true and human.
“Throughout the collection, there is this felt tension between what is knowable and unknowable about a person (both the characters we read about and the people we know in our own lives), and the painful effects of being overlooked or infringed upon.
“Each story is told with sensitivity and care for the characters’ circumstances and inner worlds, and this quietly implicates the reader’s participation in both a global consciousness—and our own lives.”
—Megan Boyle, author of LIVEBLOG
Includes the stories:
- John Lennon
- The Billy Problem
- Modern Massacres
- Literary Parties in Metropolitan Cities
- Officer Walter
- The Movies
- Memories of My Friend Alexander, who is dead.
- Open Spaces
- Tide Pools
Read praise for Orange Juice at Goodreads here, or add Modern Massacres to your shelf, here.