The Maladjusted

The Maladjusted

eBook - 2014
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These urban, commuter-friendly stories capture quirky events in satisfying ways. Their dark undertones and sharp-witted ironies employ familiar settings such as apartments, lofts, studios and city streets , but use unusual and unexpected urban moments as backdrops to outr♭♭ characters and their given idiosyncrasies. Some of Hayes' characters are on the social fringe, such as the mentally challenged narrator of the title story who finds his way through urban life with the aid of his seventy-year-old neighbour and the possibilities inherent in a game of chess. Some obsess privately, such as the protagonist in "The Runner" who becomes neurotically repulsed by the hair follicles on his girlfriend's upper lip, while others, like the proven street ball "cager" of the story "In the Low Post" stews over his eroding prestige and control on the inner-city basketball court. Edgy, smart and unpredictable, Derek Hayes; stories bend linear story-telling, and shift the narrative voices with such an energetic frequency that readers will want to go back again just to them just to see how he does it.
Publisher: Toronto :, Thistledown Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781771870429
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 03, 2012

Boring and clunky. Not one sentence is interesting, much less a complete story. The first one is moderately accomplished, but the collection goes rapidly down hill from there. I admit, I couldn't bear to finish it. Don't even know how this volume managed to be published -- none of the individual stories has a publication credit.

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