The absurd sits uncomfortably beside the everyday in Joe Meno’s story collection. In ”Hold On to Your Hat,” a man who has let his life float past literally begins to levitate. In ”A Trip to Greek Mythology Camp,” counselors challenge a group of unpopular kids to sword fights and other mythic activities. A good number of Meno’s stories feature emotionally injured children, automobile accidents, and oh so many people crying. But despite a solid core of excellent stories (”Happiness Will Be Yours” wonderfully deals with the aftereffects of a traumatic childhood experience), Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir suffers from an excess of both overly precious children and grown-ups stuck in arrested development.
Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir The absurd sits uncomfortably beside the everyday in Joe Meno's story collection. In ''Hold On to Your Hat,'' a man who has let his life float past...Bluebirds Used to Croon in the ChoirFictionJoe Meno The absurd sits uncomfortably beside the everyday in Joe Meno's story collection. In ''Hold On to Your Hat,'' a man who has let his life float past...2005-11-16Northwestern
Genre: Fiction; Author: Joe Meno; Status: In Season; Publisher: Northwestern
Posted November 16 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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