Gregory Kirschling
August 16, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

That's True of Everybody

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mark Winegardner
publisher
Harcourt
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B-

What’s true of everybody? (You might not want to know.) That, like the college-educated man who mows lawns for a living, ”you’re forever who you were in the sixth grade.” That, like the ninth grader who finds herself shackled to an impotent husband, you fall into things that come easy. That, like the smart-ass twin who switches majors 10 times before settling on ”recreation,” you can change but still go nowhere. Winegardner’s debut stories, many set in Ohio, exhibit a unified vision and an understated voice, though almost half of them pass by as quietly as many a Midwestern summer evening.

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