Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir (2005) 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