Think of Me and I'll Know

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5240-3
Publication Date
September 2013
Categories
Page Count
176 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN
0-8101-5240-1

Think of Me and I'll Know

Stories

The characters in Think of Me and I’ll Know, Anthony Varallo’s probing new collection of stories, face moments in which insight comes too late, or proves insufficient, often to humorous effect. The characters approach the edge of learning something about themselves or about their relationships with other people, only to be left with knowledge that is not particularly useful.Varallo ably captures the often confused and heartrending perspective of adolescents discovering the world, such as in "No One at All," in which an eleven-year-old boy comes to see that another boy, two years older, is something less than a reliable friend. The author also captures the complications of family dynamics, such as the three generations of women in the related stories "Lucky Us" and "Tragic Little Me." The stories in Think of Me and I’ll Know show that we are perhaps not much more comprehensible to ourselves than others are to us.
About the Author

Anthony Varallo is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston. His previous story collections are Out Loud (2008; winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize) and This Day in History (2005; winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award).

Reviews

“Anthony Varallo sees into our secret hearts with a vision sharp and tender, honest and brave. There’s nowhere to hide in these ten perfect stories; tense, unforgettable scenes unfold to reveal the vulnerabilities we can name but can’t correct. We betray, we are betrayed, we bite, we cry, we embrace our tormentors; in other words, this brilliant collection tells us, we are heartbreakingly and incontrovertibly human. Prepare to stay up late reading, and to pass this book along to everyone you know.”—Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge

“I read, and will always read, Anthony Varallo, because he loves his vulnerable, befuddled, deeply human characters, and I can always feel that love trailing them, and hovering over them, as they stumble forward. Varallo’s always rooting for his characters, even as he sometimes seems to feel they’re utterly confined by the absurd nature of their lives and their own endearing limitations. His third collection invites us into worlds that are ordinary enough on the surface, but illumined and strange and sometimes very funny, in the hands of this brilliantly empathetic writer.”—Jane McCafferty, author of First You Try Everything