Booklist Loves Tod Goldberg! Hey, that’s my nephew!/ STEVE JACKSON SATURDAY

Lee Goldberg, brother of Tod Goldberg — both nephews of Burl Barer — posted this today on his blog, A Writer's Life:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009

Booklist Loves Tod

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My brother Tod's new collection of short stories, OTHER RESORT CITIES, got a rave review from Booklist:

Menace and mayhem brew beneath the finely crafted surface of these magnetic short stories of American mania and despair. Goldberg draws on his crime-fiction chops (Living Dead Girl, 2002) to portray refugees from failed attempts at middle-class normalcy seeking freedom and revenge in the overdeveloped deserts of the American West. Goldberg’s disgruntled characters get up to no good in Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and various gated communities just begging for defilement. A lonely, no-longer-young cocktail waitress struggles to understand her missing Russian adopted daughter. A former sheriff and cancer survivor returns to the strange, toxic, devouring Salton Sea, where he lost his first wife. A man converts his fancy home into a Starbucks after the disappearance of his second wife, and one wonders just how insane he truly is. Goldberg pulls out all the stops in “Mitzvah,” a tale about an ersatz rabbi and a temple-centered money- and body-laundering scheme. A divorced father kidnaps his kids; a family is found slain on a mountain. These are eerie, obliquely compassionate, darkly humorous, and ensnaring stories of misery and catharsis. — Donna Seaman

Remember kids, Steve Jackson this Saturday LIVE on True Crimes. Not Lost Forever

Oh, and while you are buying books, pick up MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Burl Barer!Murder in the Family'

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009


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