See You in Paradise: Stories by J. Robert Lennon

By J. Robert Lennon

The first enormous number of brief fiction from “a author with adequate electrical energy to illuminate the country” (Ann Patchett)
"I wager the issues that scare you're the issues which are virtually normal," observes one narrator during this selection of bubbling and infrequently uncanny tales. Drawing on fifteen years of labor, See You in Paradise is the fullest expression but of J. Robert Lennon's particular and brilliantly comedian tackle the pathos and surreality on the center of yank life.
In Lennon's the USA, a portal to a different universe may be came across with fantastic nonchalance in a suburban yard, adoption virtually reaches the extent of blood game, and previous acquaintances go back from the useless to thieve your female friend. Sexual disorder, suicide, tragic injuries, and profession stagnation all create extraordinary possibilities for unforeseen grace during this full-hearted and mischievous depiction of these days (weeks, months, years) all of us have while issues simply don't move really correct.

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One of her arms had been discovered the day after the attack on a nearby rooftop. The other one was still missing. It was not a sight for a mother. “To say good-bye to my little girl,” moaned the woman. ” Roch had to think of something very fast. “No, Citizen Peusol,” he said, “I cannot let you, as the next of kin, see her. It would be against the rules. ” The woman nodded, tears flowing down her face. “Well,” she said, catching her breath between two sobs, “there’s my brother . ” Roch opened the door and called to a guard to bring some liquor.

Roch was astonished at finding such a creature here, like a flower growing on a dunghill. ” Roch stared. He had trouble believing that the young woman was Madame de Cléry’s daughter. “Well, Blanche dearest, Chief Inspector Miquel is from the police. ” Her eyes turned away, she waved in Blanche’s direction. ” Roch frowned. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the young woman was married. But then, why not? He had heard of Coudert, the banker, who had already been one of the richest men in Paris before the Revolution.

And Roch had no reason to complain, because, when the Prefecture had been created, Fouché had ensured his promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector. When Roch entered Dubois’s office on the 4th of Nivose, he saw all of the Division Chiefs already gathered there. Piis, the Secretary General, Dubois’s second-in-command, was standing by his superior’s desk. Piis was a former nobleman, an affable man, an excellent character even. His only defect was a profound lack of interest in police work. All Piis cared about was poetry and plays, his own in particular.

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