Stay Up With Me (2013) Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint the thread that binds stories in a collection together, but in the case of Stay Up With Me , it's… 2013-09-10 Short Stories Ecco Press
Book Review

Stay Up With Me (2013)

THE LIVES OF OTHERS Author Tom Barbash's short story collection is full of gripping tales of heartbreak and secrecy
THE LIVES OF OTHERS Author Tom Barbash's short story collection is full of gripping tales of heartbreak and secrecy
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Sep 10, 2013; Writer: Tom Barbash; Genre: Short Stories; Publisher: Ecco Press

Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint the thread that binds stories in a collection together, but in the case of Stay Up With Me, it's enough to say that each story is very, very good. For the most part, Barbash seems drawn to characters — male and female, young and old — who are reeling from freshly broken families or relationships: In ''The Break,'' a successful author realizes she's becoming an object of pity to her college-age son; in ''Howling at the Moon,'' a boy struggles to find his place among his older, sophisticated step-siblings. Reading this collection cover to cover is akin to following strangers home and staying with them just long enough to glimpse their most devastating secrets. A-

Originally posted Sep 04, 2013 Published in issue #1276 Sep 13, 2013 Order article reprints