True Tales of American Life

This is a collection of hundreds of short short stories by ordinary people, sent in to writer Paul Auster when he hosted a radio show. Only some stories are, as Auster explains, works of literature; but they all have a distinctive, sober clarity. As a panorama of everyday American life, it's truly beautiful. Strangely frequent are stories about weird coincidences: items lost, then found again years later in flea markets thousands of miles away; people meeting each other again and again by chance. Since lots of people apparently experienced this kind of stuff, it seems to make it almost normal.
Posted by cronopio at 12:57 AM, January 13, 2004