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Pieces for the Left Hand

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J. Robert Lennon
A student's suicide note is not what it seems. A high-school football rivalry turns absurd—and deadly. A much-loved cat seems to have been a different animal all along. A pair of identical twins aren't identical at all—or even related. A man finds his own yellowed birth announcement inside a bureau bought at auction. Set in a small upstate New York town, told in a conversational style, Pieces for the Left Hand is a stream of a hundred anecdotes, none much longer than a page. At once funny, bizarre, familiar and disturbing, these deceptively straightforward tales nevertheless shock and amaze through uncanny coincidence, tragic misunderstanding, strange occurrence, or sudden insight. Unposted letters, unexpected visitors, false memories—in J. Robert Lennon's vision of a typical American town, these are the things that decide our fate. Wry and deadpan, powerful and philosophical, these addictive little tales reveal the everyday world as a strange and eerie place.




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Finally available in the United States, a singular collection about small town America that Time Out declared "unsettlingly brilliant—like literary canapes."


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J. Robert  Lennon
J. Robert Lennon is the author of nine novels, including Subdivision and Broken River, and three story collections, Let Me Think, Pieces for the Left Hand, and See You in Paradise. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
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  • "Occasionally withering and frequently hilarious, these anecdotes highlight little knots of human curiosity."—Publishers Weekly
  • “Darkly funny. . . . a sly collection.”—Kirkus Reviews
  • Pieces for the Left Hand consists of 100 very short stories . . . in which not a word is wasted, and not one of which could be cut. Despite the self--deprecating title, the collection is anything but offhand: it is a rigorous display of storytelling verve, quantity, and control. . . . It is his most perfect work so far.”—Wyatt Mason, London Review of Books
  • “A phantasmagoria of American paranoia and self-loathing.”—Jonathan Lethem, The Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
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