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Why The Long Face

240 pages
5.5 x 8
Trade paper
September 2008

Why The Long Face

Stories by Ron MacLean

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Fifteen stories, at once playful and serious, simple and layered, familiar and not. Gertrude Stein and Buffy the Vampire Slayer track down the bridal party to save a Las Vegas wedding. An ambivalent geneticist disappears himself in Texas scrub country. A five-year-old in search of her lost mother walks a high-wire between her home and her lesbian neighbor’s. These are stories about people yearning for connection – with each other, with themselves,
with whatever lies beyond.

"You've never seen stories quite like Ron MacLean's, yet they enter your mind with an eerie familiarity, like thoughts or dreams you now realize you've been having for some time. His work is smart and elegant and spooky, and it pushes the boundaries of what a short story can be."
Ralph Lombreglia, author of Men Under Water and Make Me Work

"Smart, surreal and thoroughly enjoyable, Ron MacLean's stories refract light off the everyday in strange and wondrous angles, making us see – as all good fiction does – our ordinary lives in new and extraordinary ways."
Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us