One Saturday morning in early March, when Amanda Horenstein was eleven and her brother Donald nine, their grandfather drove his Cadillac into the side of their house. If the car made a noise on its way towards them, the children didn't hear it.-- from "If You Needed Me" in Aftermath by Scott Nadelson. Ack! And you have to read to nearly the end of the story to know what happens.
I really enjoyed Nadelson's earlier collection, Saving Stanley, which I reviewed here. This new collection of stories is just as good.
This is one of the beautiful Hawthorne Books editions that make you re-think the idea of "paperback" because they are taller and skinnier than a typical trade paperback and feature "acid-free papers; sewn bindings that will not crack; heavy, laminated covers with double-scored French flaps that function as built-in bookmarks." Hawthorne is a Portland-based, independent publisher specializing in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.
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