Monday, July 24, 2006

Book #13 The Dead Fish Museum by Charles D'Ambrosio

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.


Myfanwy Collins said...

His reading ("The Screenwriter") at Tin House was one of my favorites. I never got up the nerve to pass on your hello though. I'm sorry! I'm terribly shy! I thought of you every time I saw him, though.

Kelly said...

That's okay--I almost never got up the nerve to say hello to him either ;)
Great to hear from you--I miss you!