"Another title for Jacob Appel's engrossing new story collection could be what one character calls "a conspiracy of fantasies." Characters imagine rekindling romances from the distant past, pursue prestigious apprenticeships and dramatic deaths, even attend the funerals of movie stars in order to avoid or infuse meaning into their own ordinary losses and suffering. Appel portrays these characters with such compassion that we willingly join the conspiracies, recognizing ourselves in every effort to understand the sum and value of human lives. These are wise and achingly beautiful stories."--Review by Chauna Craig.
Winter honeymoon The appraisal The apprenticeship The other sister Before the storm Iceberg potential Pay as you go After Valentino Fallout.