Stay up With Me
StoriesBook - 2013 | 1st Canadian ed.
"One of the most satisfying cover-to-cover short story collections I can remember." --DAVE EGGERS, AUTHOR OF ZEITOUNThe stories in Tom Barbash's evocative and often darkly funny collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas break from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party, while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks,and the young narrator in "The Women" watches his newly widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's mid-life dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing.
The characters in Stay Up with Me find new truths when the old ones have shifted course, or given out. In the tradition of classic storywriters like John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humour, psychological acuity and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging tales that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.