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JAILBAIT and Other Stories

The ten stories in Brad Gooch's first book of prose are as contemporary as an overheard phone call. Don't expect complicated plots, in-depth conversations, moments of acute pyschological analysis. Instead the author gives us a voyeuristic look at some tough people caught in private (slightly embarrassing) moments. Seen as if through the windows of an apartment building. Speaking the pared down dialogue of a TV show or movie. Gooch's style--spare, hesitant, factual, sensual, polished--allows the primitive energy of storytelling back in; we feel the rpopelling undertow of his characters' desires and impulses. Jailbait and Other Stories is unquestionably a text of and for the Eighties.