Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha
Edward Falco
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Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha
Edward Falco
Unbridled Books
272 pages
May 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Edward Falco brings a light, skillful touch to this collection of short stories. He uses narrator like light through a prism; held this way, it's the father of a fourteen-year-old girl in "The Revenant;" a slight movement and it becomes the fifteen-year-old son of math genius who, as he puts it can, barely multiply in "The Professor's Son;" and my favorite in this collection, a father and son struggling with family issues in the title piece, "Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha."

Families and how the past affects the future is a running theme throughout this collection. Sometimes they triumph, sometimes they stumble, but always the plots twists are absorbing and ring true to life. Falco is a master of hooking the reader into the story with a tantalizing first sentence: "First, a teenage girl flashed me at a Marilyn Manson concert." "Couple of years ago, Connie came home from work to find Doug, her second husband, swaying in nine feet of water like an aquatic Frankenstein, cement-filled milk jugs tied to his ankles...". To paraphrase the old potato chip commercial, I'll bet you can't read just one. Four stars for this collection.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Pamela Crossland, 2005

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