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Good Trouble

Good Trouble by Joseph O'Neill
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Jun 12, 2018 | 176 Pages
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“An essential book, full of unexpected bursts of meaning and beauty . . . Compelling . . . Funny and fierce . . . [O’Neill] wields an acerbic blade, rendering the weird and violent with a determined frugality and control . . . The eleven stories in Good Trouble read like a string of understated poems that progress, implode, and digress.” —Feroz Rather, Ploughshares

“The characters are subtly crafted, nuanced in their observations of others, and understated. . . . Instead of thwacking the reader over the head with a trumped-up lesson of ‘count your blessings,’ [O’Neill] quietly leads us toward a reflection of ourselves that, perhaps, makes us just a bit more appreciative of all the ‘good trouble’ we have.” —Colleen M. Geiger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“[A] fine collection . . . Many of the stories take surprisingly unexpected turns, [as] O’Neill confronts the lure of despair.” —Michael Magras, Houston Chronicle

“The angst of modern life pervades the daily lives of the characters in these stories from the author of Netherland, whose subversive humor finds new angles on everything from facial hair to circumcision.” Time

“A thoroughly enjoyable collection . . . O’Neill treats his characters with a wry sympathy and a sense of fun, [probing] the frictions that make marriages and families fissure or fight for survival, the situations where discomfort breeds anxiety and resentment mushrooms into malaise.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Beautifully crafted short stories . . . O’Neill’s tales often echo [David Foster] Wallace’s mixture of humor and profundity, demonstrating a similar, almost preternatural eye for the absurdities of contemporary life.” —Alexander Moran, Booklist

“Absorbing . . . In his typically sharp, smart language, [O’Neill] shows us characters undone by contemporary life, not grandly but in the small, essential ways that define our culture.” Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Contents
 
 
Pardon Edward Snowden 3
 
The Trusted Traveler 18
 
The World of Cheese 31
 
The Referees 53
 
Promises, Promises 66
 
The Death of Billy Joel 68
 
Ponchos 86
 
The Poltroon Husband 105
 
Goose 119
 
The Mustache in 2010 133
 
The Sinking of the Houston 145

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