The Usu­al Uncer­tain­ties: Stories 

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January 1, 2013

Fic­tion. Cal­i­for­nia Inter­est. Jew­ish Stud­ies. THE USU­AL UNCER­TAIN­TIES: STO­RIES – Jonathan Blum’s high­ly antic­i­pat­ed first col­lec­tion – is sto­ry­telling at its finest. In pre­cise, ele­gant prose, these sto­ries fol­low char­ac­ters and com­mu­ni­ties often con­signed to the edge of the frame: a com­mu­ni­ty col­lege dropout, a geri­atric care man­ag­er, a square dance bar mitz­vah, a Scrab­ble club, an entre­pre­neur­ial Thai immi­grant, and a South Flori­da coun­try club. With echoes of Leonard Michaels, Mavis Gal­lant, and Lore Segal, Blum explores the ways our diver­gent his­to­ries teth­er us togeth­er and at times push us com­plete­ly apart. THE USU­AL UNCER­TAIN­TIES: STO­RIES rev­els in the per­sis­tent human strug­gle to love with aban­don and marks a dynam­ic voice in Amer­i­can short fiction.

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