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From the award-winning author of Music Through the Floor
and Model Home
, a riveting and profoundly moving story collection by a writer "uncannily in tune with the heartbreak and absurdity of domestic life" (Los Angeles Times
A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is entrusted with taking her niece and nephew trick-or-treating; a reluctant dad brings his baby to a coke-fueled party; a teenage boy tries to prevent his mother from putting his estranged father's dogs to sleep. Ranging from a youth arts camp to an aging punk band's reunion tour, from a dystopian future where parents no longer exist to a ferociously independent bookstore, Last Day on Earth
revolves around the endlessly complex, frequently surreal system that is family.
Eric Puchner, the author hailed as "technically gifted and emotionally insightful" (The New York Times Book Review
), and someone who "puts the story
back in short story" (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
), delivers a gloriously original, utterly memorable collection that invokes both the comedy and tragedy of our lifelong endeavor to come of age.