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Fiction. In his second collection of short fictions, the fiercely original Gary Lutz details a fresh assembly of gravely wayward fusspots, downhearted smart alecks, tank-town boulevardiers, virtuosos of loneliness, underloved lovelies of unstable, contestable gender. Desperate for human contact, Lutz's unforgettable characters listen for noises coming through the walls as well as collect the scraps of hair and skin their lovers have left behind. Written in a tonic prose of singular precision, the twenty-four gorgeously perverse, intensely moving stories of I LOOKED ALIVE place Lutz at the forefront of contemporary fiction's depictors of affection gone awry.
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Gary Lutz is the author of ASSISTED LIVING (Future Tense Books, 2017), THE GOTHAM GRAMMARIAN (Calamari Press, 2015), PARTIAL LIST OF PEOPLE TO BLEACH (Future Tense Books, 2013), DIVORCER (Calamari Press, 2011), I LOOKED ALIVE (Black Square Editions, 2010), and STORIES IN THE WORST WAY (Calamari Press, 2009). His work has appeared in Sleepingfish, NOON, The Quarterly, Conjunctions, Unsaid, Fence, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, BOMB, Cimarron Review, 3rd Bed, Slate Magazine, New York Tyrant, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder's Mouth Press), PP/FF: An Anthology (Starcherone Books), The Random House Treasury of Light Verse and in the film 60 Writers/60 Places.Author City: GREENSBURG, PA USA