Jay Neugeboren’s short, readable stories adeptly pull the reader into the moment. ”The Imported Man” is a moving glimpse into the thoughts and wishes of a retired piece goods finisher; childless and a widower, he lives on the margins. “The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company” tells of a family collaborating on a film. Neugeboren captures the back and forth discussions, the familial complications, as the family makes mistakes and changes them into something usable. Quite a few of the most interesting stories involve living with a mentally ill relative The experiences Neugeboren relates are not only Jewish ones; every group will find some detail that is a part of daily life.
Erin Cantor is an interior designer, teacher of reading and math to third-graders, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer.