At the writing retreat this weekend (which I will discuss later, maybe) I immersed myself in Charlie's newest collection of short stories, The Dead Fish Museum. He grabbed onto me and didn't let go until I had finished the last word of the last story.
I had read five of the eight stories before (seven of the eight were first published in The New Yorker) and I pleasured in reading them again. He is such an extraordinary writer and his characters and stories are engaging and layered in ways that other stories could never be. I learn so much from reading his work, but more than that I just love reading him. I'm brought in by the first sentence in every story, and he keeps my mind from wandering (which is quite a feat) while I get glimpses into the lives of his incredible characters.
The Dead Fish Museum is a definite must read, but make sure that you reserve a full day or two because once you begin, you won't be able to put it down.