The acclaimed author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing
Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy makes his hardcover debut with a
piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find
love, comfort, and identity.
In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin
Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and
uncertain of their futures.
A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his
car, and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an
alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends try to stay close
after graduation, but are drawn away from—and back toward—each other by the
choices they make. A boy’s friendship with a pair of identical twins undergoes
a strange and tragic evolution over the course of adolescence. A promising
academic and her fiancée attempt to finish their dissertations, but struggle
with writer’s block, a nasty secret, and their own expert knowledge of Freud.
From an East Village rooftop to a cabin in Tennessee, from
the Florida suburbs to Hong Kong, Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic
landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his characters, Flings
is a commanding work of fiction that captures the contemporary search for
identity, connection, and a place to call home. Download and start listening now!