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… 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… 2005-11-04 Fiction Northwestern
Book Review

Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir (2005)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2005; Writer: Joe Meno; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Northwestern

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.

Originally posted Nov 11, 2005 Published in issue #850 Nov 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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