By David Gates

Those 11 tales, besides a masterful novella, mark the victorious go back of David Gates, whom ny journal anointed “a precise inheritor to either Raymond Carver and John Cheever.”

A Hand Reached all the way down to consultant Me is populated by means of characters, younger or outdated or neither, who're good trained, greatly an expert, usually artistic and variously complete, no matter if as a physician or a composer, an instructional or a journalist. and each one in every of them consists of a whole provide of the human situation: mom and dad in assisted-living—or assisted-dying—facilities, too many or too few humans of their households and marriages, the binds that bind a occasionally messy knot, age an implacable foe, impulses pulling them clear of convenience into distraction or disaster. Terrifyingly self-aware, they do not want to head gently—even while they’re going nowhere quickly, in settings that diversity around the metropolitan and suburban Northeast to the geographical region of upstate long island and New England.

Relentlessly artistic, alternately hilarious and tragic, continuously relocating, this ebook proves another time that Gates is one in all our such a lot proficient, witty and emotionally clever writers.

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Gregor glances round: a couple of oafish gardeners sit on the wooden benches inside the concrete tunnel of the shelter, and a louche City type in a suit leans against the wall, irritably fiddling with an unlit cigarette and glaring at the NO SMOKING signs. ” he snarls in Gregor’s direction. Gregor composes his face in a thin smile. “I couldn’t possibly comment,” he says, his Hungarian accent betraying his status as a refugee. ) The louche businessman will be his contact, Goldsmith. He glances at the shelter’s counter.

Hers says TRAINEE NURSE. ” She looks over his shoulder as someone jostles him sideways. His card reads LABORER (UNSKILLED); but she doesn’t have time to read the rest. CAPTAIN’S LOG Yuri Gagarin kicks his shoes off, loosens his tie, and leans back in his chair. ” he complains. ” His companion, still standing, pours a glass of iced tea and passes it to the young colonel-general before drawing one for himself. ” The former first cosmonaut smiles tiredly. “Back before the invasion. ” Misha Gorodin is the only man on the ship who doesn’t have to give a shit whether the captain offers him a seat, but he’s grateful all the same: a little respect goes a long way, and Gagarin’s sunny disposition and friendly attitude are a far cry from some of the fuckheads Misha’s been stuck with in the past.

Kosygin leans forward intently. “Somewhere out there are beings so advanced that they skinned the Earth like a grape and plated it onto this disk—or worse, copied us all right down to the atomic level and duplicated us like one of those American Xerox machines. It’s not just us, though. You are aware of the other continents in the oceans. We think some of them may be inhabited, too—nothing else makes sense. Your task is to take the Sergei Korolev, the first ship of its class, on an historic five-year cruise.

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