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Last Day on Earth
Last Day on Earth: Stories | Eric Puchner
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From the award-winning author of Music Through the Floor and Model Home, a riveting and profoundly moving story collection by a writer uncannily in tune with the heartbreak and absurdity of domestic life (Los Angeles Times). A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is entrusted with taking her niece and nephew trick-or-treating; a reluctant dad brings his baby to a coke-fueled party; a teenage boy tries to prevent his mother from putting his estranged fathers dogs to sleep. Ranging from a youth arts camp to an aging punk bands reunion tour, from a dystopian future where parents no longer exist to a ferociously independent bookstore, Last Day on Earth revolves around the endlessly complex, frequently surreal system that is family. Eric Puchner, the author hailed as technically gifted and emotionally insightful (The New York Times Book Review), and someone who puts the story back in short story (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review), delivers a gloriously original, utterly memorable collection that invokes both the comedy and tragedy of our lifelong endeavor to come of age.
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I'm reading this short story collection one day before Halloween, and there happens to be a story about trick-or-treating. I didn't plan this.

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#TBRtemptation post 1! A collection of complex, surreal, riveting collection of short stories revolving around the idea of family. A pre-teen thinks his mom might be a robot; a psychotic woman takes her niece & nephew trick-or-treating; a boy prevents his mom from putting down his estranged dad's dogs; a future where no parents exist; the story of a ferociously independent bookstore; and more. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Turkish delight has come up in the last two books I've read. (This one and The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry.) I think this is a sign that I should travel to Turkey again.

Zelma Or read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 😋 3y
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Reading outside on a beautiful morning. Adam Johnson blurb and gorgeous cover on my current read