We Are Never As Beautiful As We Are Now

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Fiction. At times both funny and heartbreaking, these nine emotionally rich and incisive stories follow characters grappling with the unanswerable question What next? A sudden encounter conjures a failed relationship. A minor league pitcher, in the twilight of a career that never was, tries to divine his future. A young man accompanies his veteran neighbor and father to a V.F.W. a few years after refusing to attend Annapolis. Stoicism and grit belie the vulnerability of people ultimately searching for someone or something to trust in. Though his literary forbearers may be Richard Ford and Ernest Hemingway, Adam Gallari reexamines the masculine with a deftness and a grace entirely his own.

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Adam Gallari (b.1984) grew up on the outskirts of Manhattan and received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines both print and online, was short listed for the top ten online stories of 2008 by storySouth s Million Writers Award and runner-up for Open City Magazines 2009 Rrofihe Trophy. He currently lives by a train station in Exeter, England where he is pursuing a PhD, listening to train whistles blowing in the night and working on a novel.

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Focusing on baseball fields and bars from New York to Los Angeles, promising newcomer Gallari presents nine fleeting tales of desultory youth. Several involve a pitcher on a downhill slide: the first story, Throwing Stones, introduces minor league Coney Island ballplayer Bellingham, who divines the outcome of his games by tossing beach pebbles. A Beautiful Lie finds an injured Duke University baseball pitcher meeting up with a former girlfriend from Long Island, who's become a radiant, accomplished traveler: He wondered if his greatest achievement was to be a footnote to another's glory. In Negative Space, the lonely street painter set up outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York finds ample subject matter in passing young women (They're dynamic. Exciting. Something to be venerated), whom he can occasionally coax into following him on a museum tour. The final selection, Warwick Damon, is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale about two writers on opposite ends of their respective careers; though sometimes familiar, Gallari's tales are earnestly conceived and tenderly wrought. (May)
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