Leah Greenblatt
March 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Twin Study

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Stacey Richter
publisher
Counterpoint
genre
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an A-

The protagonists in Twin Study, Stacey Richter’s colletiong of stunning and occasionally supernatural short stories, run the gamut of humanity, from rebellious teenagers, fractured poets, and anachronistic cavemen to ambitious house pets, suburban potheads, and, yes, identical twins. But what they all have in common is a nearly bottomless loneliness and a hunger to connect. It’s a testament to the Pushcart Prize winner’s talent that her pithy, audacious prose manages to resonate deeply, though in the end one often wishes that the characters she brings to life so vividly would stick around longer than the dozen or so pages most are allotted. A-

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