“Wildly inventive…enough sex, wit, and brutal honesty to revive interest in the short story.” – Library Journal
As August nears its end and kids trudge back to school, we could all use a bit of Lucky 7. This month’s special offers up 7 hilarious e-books, diverse in their stories but unified by their ability to make you laugh, for just $1.99 through the end of August. Today we take a closer look at one of these books, Steve Almond’s The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories, a collection of tales that are perhaps as explicit as they are funny…
Steve Almond, the man whose candy jones fueled the bestseller Candyfreak, returns with a collection of stories that both seals his reputation as a master of the modern form and risks getting him arrested. The cast of characters in The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories includes a wealthy family certain they have been abducted by space aliens, a sexy magazine editor who falls for a world-class cad, and a beleaguered dentist who refuses to read his best friend’s novel. Michael Jackson and Abraham Lincoln make cameos, as do a variety of desperate and beautiful loonies, all of whom are laid bare, often literally.
In these twelve stories, Almond refuses to let his characters off the hook, or to abandon them, until we have seen the full measure of ourselves within their struggle.
Steve Almond has published more than one hundred stories and poems—in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope—and a previous collection of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.
“Almond proves himself to be just as irreverent, audacious, and amusing in his new set of stories, but his subjects are more diverse, and he manages to be even more sardonic and affecting.” – Booklist