Thomas Lynch begins each of his stories with a disaster. Deaths, divorces, cremated ashes, and autopsied bodies: these are the opening images and situations of a Lynch story. If you know Thomas Lynch the poet and essayist or Thomas Lynch the funeral director of Milford, Michigan, then these beginnings will not shock you. But even if you do not already know Lynch's earlier works or primary profession, his debut fiction collection is filled with the sorts of lives that you might expect from a thirty-five year veteran of the death industry.
Undertakers, housewives, fishermen, casket salesmen, and ministers: these are the characters who Lynch selects for his feeling, searching stories and novella. Indeed, these fictional lives feel so honest and genuine that it is hard not to assume they come directly from Lynch's experiences as the director of his family's funeral home in ...
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