Stegner Fellow and New Yorker contributor Jim Gavin delivers a
hilarious and panoramic vision of California, portraying a group of
men, from young dreamers to old vets, as they make valiant forays into
In “Play the Man” a high-school basketball player
to a college scholarship, in “Elephant Doors”, a
assistant on a game show moonlights as a stand-up comedian, and in the
collection’s last story, the immensely moving
“Costello”, a middle-aged plumbing supplies
to terms with the death of his wife.
|The men in
stories all find themselves stuck somewhere in the middle, caught half
way between their dreams and the often crushing reality of their lives.
A work of
humanity that pairs moments of high comedy with searing truths about
life’s missed opportunities, Middle
brings to life a series of
unforgettable characters learning what it means to love and work and be
in the world as a man, and it offers our first look at a gifted writer
who has just begun teaching us the tools of his trade.
by Jim Gavin
Simon & Schuster, 2013